Describe your latest book.
A Gate at the Stairs is a new-fashioned governess novel, which looks at a year in the life of the American Midwest, as viewed through the eyes of a young woman, Tassie Keltjin.
If someone were to write your biography, what would be the title and subtitle?
Lorrie Moore: A Life?
What fictional character would you like to date, and why?
I wouldn't date any fictional character, as I've done that before and it's really not what you might think. But I would like to pal around with the witty and lyrical Mercutio and try to keep him from getting killed.
Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good book with which to start.
I am interested in Rivka Galchen's Atmospheric Disturbances, a strong and unusual first novel.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
"Vanessa is her ship, her strip of green coastline where bees hum among the grapes."
—Michael Cunningham, The Hours
How do you relax?
On a clear and cold day, do you typically get outside into the sunshine or stay inside where it's warm?
Oh, I love clear and cold and do go out in it.
Make a question of your own, then answer it.
Q: Why do you think we ask writers these questions?
A: I have no idea.
Amateur Barbarians by Rob Cohen
Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers by David McLimans
Lies Will Take You Somewhere by Sheila Schwartz
The Dead Fish Museum by Charles D'Ambrosio
For Rouenna by Sigrid Nunez
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Lorrie Moore is the author of the story collections Birds of America, Like Life, and Self-Help and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. Her work has won honors from the Lannan Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the PEN/Malamud Award. She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
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Lorrie Moore is the author of A Gate at the Stairs