Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Proust Questionnaire, with Christopher Ward

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Christopher Ward

Songwriter Christopher Ward has written for everyone from Diana Ross to Hilary Duff. Not only is he talented on the musical front, but he has now turned his hand to fiction with his debut young adult title, Mac in the City of Light (Dundurn).

In his answers to the Proust Questionnaire, Christopher tells Open Book about vinyl indulgence, the athletic talent he'd love to possess and choice burgundy.

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" nature.

You can join Christopher on January 26, 2013 at the book's launch in Toronto. Click here for more information about this event.
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What is your dream of happiness?
Sunday with my wife Robin, daughter Rachel and our dog Leo.

What is your idea of misery?
A world with no music, a baseball strike and another Bush presidency.

Where would you like to live?
In the moment.

What qualities do you admire most in a man?
Kindness, open-mindedness and an appreciation for The Three Stooges.

What qualities do you admire most in a woman?
Empathy, intuitiveness and a bell-like laugh.

What is your chief characteristic?
Loyalty.

What is your principal fault?
Impatience, ok hurry up let’s get to the next question.

What is your greatest extravagance?
I bought the remastered Beatles on vinyl and I already had them on CD (mono and stereo).

What faults in others are you most tolerant of?
Sloppiness, forgetfulness, greens in their teeth.

What do you value most about your friends?
Loyalty and rambling conversation.

What characteristic do you dislike most in others?
Self-absorption.

What characteristic do you dislike most in yourself?
Self-absorption.

What is your favourite virtue?
Kindness.

What is your favourite occupation?
Putting ink on paper to music.

What would you like to be?
Here for a while.

What is your favourite colour?
Cornflower blue.

What is your favourite flower?
Iris.

What is your favourite bird?
Cordon Bleu Finch.

What historical figure do you admire the most?
Nelson Mandela.

What character in history do you most dislike?
Khomeini.

Who are your favourite prose authors?
David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, A.S. Byatt, William Gibson, Margaret Atwood, P.D. James, Orhan Pamuk, Philip Pullman, Italo Calvino, Philip Roth, Ian McEwan.

Who are your favourite poets?
Charles Wright, Tony Hoagland, Sonia Sanchez, Seamus Heaney, Anne Carson, James Tate, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Dr. Seuss.

Who are your favourite heroes in fiction?
Lyra Belacqua (The Golden Compass), Sherlock Holmes, Lionel Essrog (Motherless Brooklyn).

Who are your heroes in real life?
Ella Fitzgerald, Ghandi, Lou Gehrig.

Who is your favourite painter?
Joan Miro.

Who is your favourite musician?
Bill Evans.

What is your favourite food?
Banana, almonds and ripe Saint-Felicien.

What is your favourite drink?
Chassagne Montrachet.

What are your favourite names?
Rachel, Mackenzie.

What is it you most dislike?
Waste, leaky boots, getting dressed in the dark.

What natural talent would you most like to possess?
Throwing the curveball.

How do you want to die?
In a comfortable shirt with a song in my heart.

What is your current state of mind?
Restless and contemplating chocolate.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Being a good father.

What is your motto?
Be kind.


Christopher Ward, Canada's original MuchMusic VJ, wrote the worldwide No. 1 hit "Black Velvet." His songs have been recorded by Diana Ross, The Backstreet Boys and many others, and he's been seen as a judge on YTV's The Next Star. Ward is also the author of Mac in the City of Light. He lives in Toronto.

For more information about Mac in the City of Lights please visit the Dundurn website.

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

Check out all the Proust Questionnaire interviews in our archives.

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