On tour: Meet the author Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver is the author of Pandemonium, the follow-up to Delirium, published by Hodder & Stoughton. She is touring Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in March.

What would you put on a shelf-talker for your book?
‘A world without love; a society on the brink of revolution. Read it and weep. Literally!’

What is the silliest question you’ve ever been asked on a book tour?
Sometimes people ask me to sing The Little Mermaid, which is silly but also kind of fun!

And the most profound?
I’m consistently surprised and delighted by the level of profundity my books seem to elicit. I’ve been asked what my greatest values are, how I would spend my last day, whether I’ve had my heart broken …

What are you reading right now?
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (Fourth Estate).

What was the last book you read and loved?
The Game of Thrones (George R R Martin, HarperVoyager). I thought it was brilliant.

What was the defining book of your childhood?
Matilda by Roald Dahl (various imprints). I still read it every time I’m sick!

Which is your favourite bookstore?
I have quite a few. I love Anderson’s in Naperville, Illinois; when I was growing up, I spent loads of time in a local bookstore called Second Story, which is unfortunately now shuttered.

Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter, probably. Facebook has gotten, like, too complicated for me. Timeline? No, thank you. I feel like it’s pointing the way to my death.

If I were a literary character I’d be …
Elizabeth Bennett, so I could marry Mr Darcy, of course, or Lucy in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

In 50 years’ time books will be …
Beautiful collectibles; stories will commonly be told via interactive mediums.

Most mentioned books this week

David Mitchell has garnered himself much acclaim and many admirers since being named by Granta among its pick of the best young British novelists back in 2003. His most recent work, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, has earned him top place in our most mentioned chart this week, ahead of local authors Adrian Hyland (Gunshot Road), Luke Davies & Inari Kiuru (Magpie), and former supreme court judge Ken Crispin (The Quest for Justice)–you can read our reviewer’s take on the latter here. Mitchell’s novel transports the reader to the year 1799 and the island of Dejima, a former island for Dutch traders in the Japanese port of Nagasaki. It’s eponymous hero is a young Dutch clerk, attempting to earn his fortune with the Dutch East India Company amid corruption and a varied cast of supporting characters—Media Extra.