Aside from marshmallow yams, corn bread stuffing, and the premiere of the Gilmore Girls Revival on Netflix, the only thing that could make this Thanksgiving even more awesome is if I could stuff my face alongside one of my favorite authors.
Hypothetically, if I could invite any author (living or dead) over for Thanksgiving dinner, I would invite Neil Gaiman. Aside from being a fan of his novels like The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, as a person, Gaiman seems like such a good time. My ideal dinner guest would be someone who’s funny, charming, highly intelligent, and a fantastic storyteller; in my opinion, Gaiman embodies all of these traits, and then some. He’s just the coolest and he doesn’t even have to try; he just is. How could anyone not want to share a meal with a human like that?!
Along with Neil Gaiman, below is a compilation (courtesy of THE RIVETED TEAM) of other stellar authors we’d be happy to spend Thanksgiving with:
Sarah Jane, Assistant Editor: “I would invite Stephen King to Thanksgiving because if talking to him is anything like reading On Writing, it would be really fun to pick his brain about writing and inspiration and life in Maine. After I finished fangirling over him, that is! Also I’m sure I could convince him to show off lots of adorable pictures of his dog, Molly a.k.a The Thing of Evil.”
J.K. ROWLING, TINA FEY, and STEVE MARTIN
Keri, Marketing Manager: “It’s kind of low-hanging fruit to say J.K. Rowling, but it’s the truth. Her aside (because she’s a given), I would invite Tina Fey and Steve Martin. My favorite episode of 30 Rock was the one in which he guest starred as Gavin Volure, and I think their rapport would be amazing. I’d just sit back eating my sweet potatoes and watch the show.”
Aubrey, Associate Publicist: “I’d invite author David Sedaris to my Thanksgiving dinner just to hear his hilarious commentary on my family’s antics.”
Jess, Editorial Assistant: “I would totally invite Donna Tartt (author of The Secret History, my absolute favorite book) to Thanksgiving dinner. I admire her writing so much, and would probably ask her to write a sentence just for me (after pie, of course)! I’d also ask her about her hair stylist because her bob is phenomenal.”
Kristina, Subsidiary Rights Assistant: “I’d invite Jenny Han in hopes that she can bake as well as Lara Jean and that she’ll bring dessert with her.”
Audrey, Senior Publicist: “I would dine with E.L. Konigsburg, who has profoundly influenced my love for children’s books because she demands so much from her young readers in the best way possible. No two Konigsburg novels are alike. She won two Newbery medals. TWO! According to her New York Times obit, “…children’s books, she once said, are ‘the key to the accumulated wisdom, wit, gossip, truth, myth, history, philosophy, and recipes for salting potatoes during the past 6,000 years of civilization.’ ” Can you pass the gravy please?
E.L. Konigsburg is most known for her Newbery Medal-winning From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, but I highly recommend checking out A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver and Up from Jericho Tel.”
Tara, Marketing Assistant: “Jane Austen! It may seem cliché, but I have been a huge Jane Austen fan since I was a young teen. I would love to have her over and hear her talk in earnest about her opinions on society— opinions that she seemed to have but are always carefully masked in her books. Plus, it would be wonderful to be reminded of how far women have come since her time!”