Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Proust Questionnaire, with Alison Dare

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The Proust Questionnaire, with Alison Dare

Win a copy of Alison Dare, Little Miss Adventures or Alison Dare, The Heart of the Maiden. Open Book and Tundra Books are giving away ten copies of the graphic novels created by J. Torres and illustrated by J. Bone. To enter the contest, send an email to clelia@openbooktoronto.com with the subject line "DARE" and the answer to the following question: In Alison Dare's responses to the Proust Questionnaire, what does she say she wants to be? (The contest closes on May 31st.)

Alison Dare is not your typical twelve-year-old, she’s the daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab, to top it off, she’s also the niece of an international super-spy; it’s no surprise that a craving for danger is in her blood! Unfortunately, her parents have locked her away at the prestigious St. Joan’s Academy for Girls, hoping that this would lead to a more “normal” life for their daughter.

The Proust Questionnaire was not invented by Marcel Proust, but it was a much loved game by the French author and many of his contemporaries. The idea behind the questionnaire is that the answers are supposed to reveal the respondent's "true" personality.

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What is your dream of happiness?
Getting my parents back together and traveling the world with them!

What is your idea of misery?
Being stuck at St. Joan’s Academy for Girls forever.

Where would you like to live?
I think Atlantis would be pretty cool!

What qualities do you admire most in a man?
Is he as dreamy as Jock Harrison?

What qualities do you admire most in a woman?
How does she compare to Dr. Alice Dare (a.k.a. my mom)?

What is your chief characteristic?
I’m Alison Dare!

What is your principal fault?
Would you consider curiosity a fault?

What is your greatest extravagance?
I don’t even get an allowance!

What faults in others are you most tolerant of?
Dad keeps giving me books as birthday and Christmas presents, but he’s a librarian so I forgive him.

What do you value most about your friends?
It’s a beautiful thing when your BFFs (Dot and Wendy) are willing to climb out a window with you to solve a mystery on a school night after curfew.

What characteristic do you dislike most in others?
I hate how my friend Dot wastes so much time in front of the mirror fussing with her hair!

What characteristic do you dislike most in yourself?
That I’m stuck at St. Joan’s.

What is your favourite virtue?
Sister Mary-Grace keeps telling me that “patience is a virtue” so I guess I’ll go with that.

What is your favourite occupation?
Archaeologist! No, superhero. Wait… super archaeologist!

What would you like to be?
A super archaeologist! Pay attention.

What is your favourite colour?
Green (like Jock’s eyes)



What is your favourite flower?
Seriously?

What is your favourite bird?
Hmm… does a phoenix count? What about a tengu? Or a thunderbird?

What historical figure do you admire the most?
Joan of Arc was pretty cool.

What character in history do you most dislike?
Nazis!

Who are your favourite prose authors?
J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum.

Who are your favourite poets?
Dennis Lee, Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss.

Who are your favourite heroes in fiction?
Indiana Jones! Lara Croft!

Who are your heroes in real life?
The Blue Scarab! My mom! Uncle Johnny!

Who is your favourite painter?
Um… J. Bone?

Who is your favourite musician?
My friend Wendy plays a pretty mean triangle!

What is your favourite food?
Pistachios from the Sultanate of Shahrazad!





What is your favourite drink?
Himalayan yak’s milk chilled with snow from Mount Kilimanjaro!

What are your favourite names?
Athena (my middle name), Archemedes (my grandfather’s name), Jock (my future husband’s name).

What is it you most dislike?
Being bored.

What natural talent would you most like to possess?
My mom’s assistant Jillian (Jock’s twin sister, so my future sister-in-law) is pretty strong for a girl. I wouldn’t mind being strong like her. It would come in handy.

How do you want to die?
What??? I’m only 12!

What is your current state of mind?
Confused after that last question…

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Finding a magic lamp in exotic… no, discovering that secret chamber beneath the statue of… wait, using a picnic basket to defeat the evil… oh, I don’t know. I’ve accomplished so much!

What is your motto?
“Is that a dare?”

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Alison Dare is from the graphic novels, Alison Dare, Little Miss Adventures and Alison Dare, The Heart of the Maiden, created by J. Torres and illustrated by J. Bone. Both the author and the illustrator will be signing books at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival on May 8th and 9th at 2:00pm. For more information, please visit Tundra Books at www.tundrabooks.com


Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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