AUTHOR AUDREY NIFFENEGGER’S LIFE IS ALWAYS IN MOTION
Mar. 22–At age 11, Audrey Niffenegger drew, wrote and created handmade books, including a 70-page account of her illustrated fantasy tour with the Beatles.
Now an accomplished artist and author of “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and “Her Fearful Symmetry,” the Chicago writer is still creatively inclined and apt to urge audience members to do something.
Some writers, “tend to assume that the audience is kind of passive. I’ve spent so much time teaching, I tend to assume that the audience wants to be creative, not just sitting there like lumps,” Ms. Niffenegger said in a telephone interview.
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HONOUR TO YOUR HOLDFAST, HONOR TO YOUR TEYN: GEORGE RR MARTIN’S DYING OF THE LIGHT
I don’t know when everybody else got into George R.R. Martin, but for me it was when Sandkings won the Hugo in 1980. I immediately bought two collections he had out, Sandkings and Songs of Stars and Shadows and (now subsumed into Dreamsongs) and his first novel Dying of the Light. I still own the scabby old Granada paperback I bought new for one pound twenty-five, with a typically stupid British cover for the period, featuring an irrelevant spaceship. (We didn’t expect much of our covers back then, and it’s just as well. In fact you could exchange this cover-picture with the cover of the same-era copy I own of Delany’s Triton and it wouldn’t make any difference.) I was fifteen when I bought those books, and ever since Martin has been one of my favourite authors. Dying of the Light is a book I have read too often, and yet I still love it, and can still read it. It was perfectly designed for me to adore it when I was fifteen, and I think it helped form my tastes in science fiction.
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I love both The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, so this article was a cute little insight into the author behind those books. Are you an Audrey Niffenegger fan? Have you read Her Fearful Symmetry yet?
I think I’ve said it before, but I really need to start reading George RR Martin!
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