profile roundup

This weekend brought the usual crop of author profiles. The Guardian has an article on Alison Lurie.

This year she published a collection of essays, Boys and Girls Forever , in which studies of children’s classics are linked under a thesis that the authors have “in some sense remained children themselves”. The book follows on from her 1990 collection of essays, Don’t Tell the Grown-ups, in which Lurie asserted that many children’s classics were essentially subversive.

Lurie cites The Wizard of Oz and even Little Women in that category. The rest of the profile is about her birth and upbringing, and how she started writing.

There’s also this profile of Toni Morrison, whose new book, titled Love, is coming out. I’ve seen mixed reviews of it, but the article is all sugar and spice and everything nice.

And VOA has a feature on Kavita Daswani, author of For Matrimonial Purposes. She used her and her parents’ efforts to find her a suitable husband as the basis for the novel.