The Hazlitt-IFOA Questionnaire: Jane Johnson
October 22, 2012
Jane Johnson spends part of each year living in a Berber village in the Atlas mountains of Morocco—a location that has provided the setting for three of her novels, including the latest one, The Sultan’s Wife. Johnson is also the publishing director of Harper Collins UK. She’s making two appearances at this year’s International Festival of Authors in Toronto: tomorrow, at Doubleday Canada’s 75th Anniversary reading, and on Saturday, October 27 at 12:00 pm.
First, second or third person?
Nabokov had lepidopterology, Hemingway had the hunt. Do you have an extra-lingual obsession?
Which writers do you wish were more widely read?
Which rules of writing do you think should be ignored?
Beg, borrow and steal—are there any authors you go to when you’re stuck?
The books business is changing. What elements of the game are you happy to see fall to the wayside? What gives you hope?
Do you think it’s fair to call writing a game? (Some writers, mostly men for example, have likened it to boxing.) Or would you prefer another metaphor?
Can you give any #protips on delivering a good reading performance?
Do you have any personal tips for surviving a literary festival?
What’s your ultimate past, present, or imaginary IFOA high point?
What’s the strangest thing that you’ve seen happen at a literary festival or reading?
Which dead writer would you most like to sit on a festival round table with, and what would you discuss?
On a scale of one to Proust, how would you rate your experience answering this questionnaire?