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Canadian writer Lisa Moore has written four novels. Her debut, Alligator, won the Giller Prize, the 2006  Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was long-listed for the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her latest novel, February is long-listed for this year’s Man Booker Prize and is published by Chatto & Windus.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

It was called “Sound Explosion” and was advertised on 
television. I ordered it through the mail. It had the song called “I Don’t Like
 Spiders and Snakes” on it.  Very subversive.

your favourite smell?

Cinnamon, when it hits the hot burner of the stove by 

you ever had a nickname?

No, but I had an imaginary friend named Pingalie. My 
daughter had an imaginary friend named Rain-drizzle-and-fog.

is your favourite room in your house?

My husband just built a floating dock
 with a room covered in bug screen. We float on the lake looking at the stars.

are your guilty pleasures?

I like people reading to me while I drive long
 distances.  Skinny dipping.
Tiramisu. Scruncheons (fried bits 
of fatback pork) with deep-fried cod and chips.

would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m a vegetarian.

 is your closest female friend?

I went to an all-girls Catholic school and so I 
have a lot of very close female friends. They are all talented and beautiful 
and very funny. They just happen to have those things in common.

you have any tattoos or piercings?

No, but I have few battle scars.

would you most like to live?

In downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland with a view of 
the harbour.

 was your first kiss and where did it happen?

Oh. Oh. My parents had friends 
over and they’d brought a boy. I was thirteen; the guy was sixteen. He was very 
handsome. It was a Spring day, but there was still tons of snow. Everything was
 sparkling and I had let a horse out of the barn and it was galloping in the 
field around us in wide circles bucking and rearing, sending up sprays of snow 
and – surprise – he kissed me (the boy, not the horse). Beautiful. Amazing.
Unforgettable. Except by him. I think he forgot it. I never saw him again.

the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?

“Where does it hurt?”

the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

Four giant stretchers, for 
stretching canvas for painting.

 is your favourite word?


 was your first love?

Paul. He is now a marine biologist. He has visited the
 very deepest darkest bottom of the ocean in a one person submersible. I once 
made him a eight-layered chocolate cake for his birthday which slithered and
 splatted apart and I wept and he mushed it back together and jammed knitting 
needles into it so it stayed together and he made me feel better.

you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?

Art teacher. I love mucking around with 
clay and paint and charcoal. I love watching children make art.

 there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?

Mavis Gallant’s
The Paris Stories.

happens after we die?


 female historical figure do you admire most?

Isadora Duncan.

 yourself up in three words:

Dandelion-fluff, granite, crepuscular.

 finally… What are you anti? What are you pro?

Anti-video games. Pro-barbeques on a lake in the wilderness.

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