This week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, asks which authors I'd die to meet, living or dead.
1. Kurt Vonnegut: I find Vonnegut to be one of the most interesting people of the 20th century (not just including authors). Through his literature he explored metaphysical themes and in person, he seems like a hilarious man.
2. Anne Frank: I developed a deep respect for Anne Frank when I studied her diary in a history class in college and later was lucky enough to see her annex in Amsterdam. It would be amazing to meet this young girl, and even more amazing to think of what she could have accomplished had she had the opportunity.
3. Margaret Atwood: Atwood is one of my favorite living authors and yes, I am jealous of everyone who got to meet her at BEA this year.
4. George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans): I've read just about every novel Eliot ever published and if I got the chance to meet her, I think we'd have a lot to talk about.
5. Maya Angelou: Maya Angelou has such an interesting history, both professionally and personally, and as one of the most unique voices in contemporary literature, it would be an honor to meet her.
6. Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens): When I think of the great american novelist, I think of Mark Twain. Considered a "father of American literature," I don't know how he couldnt' make this list.
7.Ernest Hemingway: It's no secret that I have a thing for Heminway. He was a very interesting man (not to mention quite handsome) and I think he'd make fantastic company.
8. Jonathan Safran Foer: Foer is probably my favorite author of my generation. I absolutely loved Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, one of my all-time favorite novels.
9. Jhumpa Lahiri: Lahiri won the Pulitzer in 2000 for The Interpreter of Maladies, but I went head over heals for The Namesake. She is a very talented author who offers a unique perspective into the lives of Indian Americans.
10. J. K. Rowling: I started reading the Harry Potter series when I was 13 and basically grew up with Harry. It might seem cliche to have Rowling on a list like this, but she is arguably one of the most influential writers of my generation and I think it would be pretty great to meet her.