Thanksgiving with Authors

I saw a prompt somewhere asking, “If you could eat Thanksgiving dinner with some of your favorite authors (living or dead), who would you choose?” So here are my choices.

1. William Shirer – Because he’s an excellent historian who witnessed the rise of Nazi Germany firsthand, I think he’d have plenty of interesting stories to tell.

2. Anne McCaffrey – She recently passed away on Monday at the age of 85, and she was one of my favorite authors. It was because of Ms. McCaffrey that I became obsessed with dragons and the fantasy genre. It would be great to hear about what inspired her to invent the worlds she created.

3. Emily Dickinson – I’ve always been fascinated by Emily Dickinson – and the meaning behind some of her more obscure poems. Perhaps if I had her over, she could shed a little light on the subject.

4. Tanith Lee – The Gothic style of her writing has always intrigued me. She can create multi-layered worlds with compelling characters, some demonic and some angelic. I think Ms. Lee would be a rather fascinating person to invite.

5. Michael Savage – Because political rants are sometimes amusing to listen to. Even though I don’t agree with every word Savage says or writes, I think it would be interesting to hear him converse with some of these other authors.

Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

9 thoughts on “Thanksgiving with Authors”

  1. You may be aware of this, but there was a TV show decades ago based on this exact premise (well, it was not just about writers but all historical figures), called Meeting of the Minds (or something like that). The question is not only what you would want to talk to Emily Dickinson about, but also, if you got that group together, what would the others have wanted to talk to her about (or each other).

    I never know how to answer this question for myself, since my “favorite writer” is Thomas Pynchon, and, even if I’d like to have dinner with him, I know he wouldn’t want to be there (he makes no public appearances, never does interviews, and hasn’t been photographed, at least for publication, since the 1950s). And I respect that. Maybe I’d invite Rex Stout and Robert A. Heinlein and let them get into a big political argument (though I think they’d agree about a few things, too).


    1. That seems like a pretty cool show. I doubt Emily Dickinson would want to come to Thanksgiving dinner, and that would be OK.


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