JFB Christmas Advent Day 20 – A Quick Q and A with Karen Lord

Karen_LordDay 20 of the Jo Fletcher Books Christmas advent is here and behind today’s door we have a quick Q and A with Karen Lord, author of the upcoming The Galaxy Game.

1.If you could only give one book as a gift this Christmas what would it be?

The best book gifts are matched with the recipient, so I’d have to choose something that would appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. I’d select The Weird: A compendium of strange and dark stories, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, for its high levels of quality and variety.

2. Christmas puddings – yay or nay?

Christmas puddings aren’t really made here. My one and only time having one was in Glasgow.

3. How is Christmas celebrated in Barbados?

The main themes of Christmas in Barbados are food and drink, family and friends, and church/carols. Those who really love Christmas go all out with interior decorations or exterior lights, but I know quite a few people who don’t worry about giving gifts or putting up a tree, who avoid the Christmas commercial rush as much as possible. There’s black cake, not Christmas pudding. There are no Christmas crackers and paper hats. The table at Christmas has a large range of dishes: rice and peas, macaroni pie, sweet potato, fried fish, baked ham, roast pork, roast turkey or chicken with stuffing, jug jug, cole slaw, tossed salad, and steamed vegetables, to name a few. It’s not Christmas unless you can live off the leftovers for at least a week after.

4. Finally, what are you currently working on?

I’m working on a section of a report on national socioeconomic policy. Today I’m looking over journal articles testing the hypothesis that there is a link between an increase in Saharan dust and the incidence of paediatric asthma in Barbados.

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