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Aug 29, 2005

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Susan

Are you a country/Americana music listener, Kate? I found Jackson's choice of songs wonderfully fitting, and yet I never felt you were beating the reader over the head with their significance (as I had with another writer who made use of the same Lucinda Williams song).

Sam

So much fun having you here, Kate ...

Realism or surrealism: Is either end of the spectrum more fun/interesting for you? Do you feel any pressure from readers or publishers to go in one direction or another? (Assuming you accept you've done both.)

Sam

Sarah

Welcome, Kate!

My question's about the structure of CH -- it can be dangerous to begin a book by introducing three completely different sets of characters before getting to the so-called main protagonist, as you did. But although I felt you pulled it off extremely well (and that it was necessary to understand the cases before Jackson gets to them) were you ever inclined to tell the story differently, i.e. start right away with Jackson's POV?

And how tricky, if at all, was it to balance all the different viewpoints throughout the novel?

ed

Kate: Thanks again for being here.

Questions: Given the fact that you unexpectedly beat out Salman Rushdie for the Booker, is there a certain level of expectation you find from either yourself or your readers when you write a book? Do you feel as if you are drawn to genre hybrids (such as "Case Histories") as a blatant defiance of what constitutes "literary fiction"? Or do such labels even matter?

I also wanted to comment upon how often you strive to entertain with your work. Are you entertaining yourself or the audience? Why do you think there are so many quirks within your work?

Further, there are some unusual plotting structures within your novels (the lengthy object-oriented footnotes of "Behind the Scenes" and the titular "case histories"). To what extent would you consider these essential to your work? In the Minority Report here at the LBC and in a few dissenting reviews I read, your work was accused of being "gimmicky." Do you see yourself straying from these devices with future novels?

Thanks and all best,

Edward Champion

misterdids

So GLAD to see Kate taking part in this modern way of cummunicating! Mind you I'm currently writing my masters of Kate's work, and more particularly on "parody", so I might have one or two questions in store for her!
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