5 Questions - Nora Chassler

This article is from 2010.

5 Questions - Nora Chassler

Reviewing her debut novel last year, we described Nora Chassler as ‘a distinctive new voice’. Here, she responds by taking on our Q&A

Can you give us five words to describe Miss Thing?
Confusing, sweary, sweet, funny, disguised.

Which authors should be more famous than they are now?
Ted Berrigan is a great American poet. He’s dead, but fame doesn’t do the living much good anyway. Oh, and Steve Aylett. But I wouldn’t wanna meet him …

What do you love about book festivals?
I love bookshops at festivals, the way they only have a few books to choose from. Limitation is freedom!

Which dead author do you wish was still alive today?
Alex Haley writing as Malcolm X. I’d like to know what he/they made of where we are now.

What would you change about the publishing world?
The clothes.

9 Aug (with RJ Price), 10.15am, £10 (£8).

Nora Chassler & R J Price

Miss Thing is the debut novel (or ‘anti-novel’, perhaps) by Dundee-based American writer Nora Chassler, and it tells the story of a teenage girl embarking on a modelling career, and her relationship with a struggling thirty-something author. Meanwhile, the acclaimed poet R J Price has written The Island, which tells the…

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