KATE BEATON interviewed by the Vancouver Writers Festival

“The Proust Questionnaire: Kate Beaton” / Vancouver Writers Festival / Tavia / August 10, 2011

The Proust Questionnaire is believed to reveal an individual's true nature. We have asked 2011 Festival authors 16 questions inspired by the questionnaire in an attempt to uncover who they are...



What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Sleeping in without feeling guilty



What does your ideal day look like?

It's an autumn day, crisp and colorful



What is your greatest extravagance?

Time



What possession would you be heartbroken if you lost?

My great grandfather's history of the Scottish Highlands



If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Haha, looks in some way or another! Same as everyone, right?



What childhood fear has followed you into adulthood?

Getting spooked by dark staircases



Do you take comfort in darkness or light?

Both, depending



Do you remember your dreams?

Only the stupid ones



How do you collect snippets of observations and ideas that come to you unexpectedly?

I hope to remember them and usually don't



What emotions do you experience when you sit down to begin a new work?

You don't want to know



What is your favorite way to avoid drawing?

Oh god, anything will do



Does being in love propel or postpone your work?

Sure does!



How do you work under pressure?

The only way I work is under pressure



What published book do you secretly wish you had written?

Harry Potter!



Which historical figure do you most identify with?

I've honestly never thought about that



If you were reincarnated as a person or a thing, who or what would you be?

A bee-utiful lady



Hark! A Vagrant takes readers on a romp through history and literature with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures, all drawn in Kate Beaton's pared-down, excitable style. This collection features favourite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content. Whether she's writing about Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, or Nancy Drew, Beaton brings a refined sense of the absurd to every situation.

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