In this installment of Booklist Readers, we turn to Donna Seaman. Called “one of the best-known literary critics in Chicago” by the Chicago Tribune, she was promoted Booklist’s adult books editor earlier this year. In February, Bloomsbury will release her latest book: Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven Outstanding American Women Artists. You can follow her on Twitter at@Booklist_Donna.
What do you do when you’re not at Booklist?
Worry about what I forgot to do at Booklist.
What are you an expert on?
Who’s your favorite reader?
Any man I see reading a novel by a woman writer.
What’s the first book that made an impression on you?
Well, I adored lots of picture books and read and reread and read again the Winnie-the-Pooh series, but the book that made me think about books and how much I loved them and why was Little Women.
If you could resurrect one dead author so that he or she could write about the current political climate/technology /world events, whom would you resurrect and why?
George Eliot, because she had such a keen understanding of human nature and social tyranny, and possessed an unerring moral compass.