The BKBF Interview: Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld is the author of Imposters, Book 2: Shatter City.


Where is your favorite place to read?
In bed is still the best, so the books go into your dreams.

What is your favorite book to give an adult or a child?
Charlotte’s Web. It’s about the power of being a weaver of words!

Tell us your best book-receiving experience.
The first summer I lived in NYC, I was broke, but found a box of books by the incinerator shoot. It was all the books people are supposed to read but don’t because they’re long. Under the Volcano. Ulysses. Dhalgren. Thanks to being penniless, now I’ve read them all!

Who made reading important to you?
I come from a big Texas family, full of elders who are great storytellers. They could wrangle a sprawling family reunion into one room, bound across generations and politics by one voice. They revealed the power of story in such a great way.

BONUS QUESTION: In honor of the 5th anniversary of Children’s Day, we’re asking everyone, What’s your favorite children’s book
Charlotte’s Web! (See above.)


Scott Westerfeld is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series, which has been translated into 35 languages; the Leviathan series; Afterworlds; Horizon; and many other books for young readers. He was born in Texas and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia and New York City.


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