Tuesday, September 13, 2011

BBAW Interview swap - Welcome Bonjour, Cass!

Today it is Interview Swap day and I am thrilled to welcome Cass from Bonjour, Cass! to my little corner of the blogosphere!

Your blog name is Bonjour, Cass, but you are not French! What was the inspiration behind your blog title? (I am currently a bit obsessed with all things French!)

I once had a pet unicorn who was French, and all she could say was "Bonjour, Cass!" (Even when we said goodbye. It was all very confusing.) I decided to honor her memory by calling my blog Bonjour, Cass!

Okayyyy, maybe that's not all true. The real reason is that I couldn't think of anything else to call my blog, and Bonjour, Cass! was the first thing that came to mind. It took me two weeks to think of THAT, so imagine how long a title that actually made since would have taken!

My story about the unicorn is way better. Lets go with that one.

What's the best book you have read recently and why should we all read it?

I'm a big non fiction reader, and I tend to get into these “I must know everything about ____” kicks where I have to read about one thing until I know everything I could possibly know about the topic. Earlier this year I was really into biographies and cultural histories about Old Hollywood. Currently I’m really into former US President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. So, the best book I’ve read recently is Nixonland by Rick Perlstein, but it’s like 900 pages of political historical goodness and I really doubt I could convince most folks to read the book, despite how UTTERLY AWESOME it is.

The best book I’ve read recently that won’t put non-US Presidential history nerdis to sleep is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a dystopian novel about a time in the future where everyone avoids the harsh reality of every day life by entering a virtual reality world called OASIS. It’s an adventure story with amazing world building and lively characters and jokes that made me laugh out loud.

You have been shortlisted for Best GLBT Lit blog. Congratulations! What was your reaction when you got the news?

Thank you! I’m incredibly excited and honored to have been nominated. My instant reaction was: HOW CAN I FIND GLITTERLY UNICORNS TO GIVE TO EVERYONE SO THEY’LL VOTE FOR ME?? My next reaction was: wow this is great! AND TERRIFYING.

You are involved in a number of events in the blogging world (NerdsHeartYA, Indie Lit Awards as a couple of examples). What is the best thing about events like this?

I really like lists, so I’m going to write a list in answer to this question:

  1. I get to have an excuse to chat with some of my favorite bloggers
  2. There are tons of new-to-me books I discover through nominations for the awards
  3. Sometimes people refer to me as Director or Judge and it makes me really happy. Much easier than changing my name.

When you are not reading or blogging what else do you like to do?

I’m trying to convince my cat to roll over on command. We already mastered “sit,” so I think it’s just a matter of time.

Beyond this, I’m brushing up on my trivia, marathoning some show or another on Netflix (right now it’s Buffy), searching for the perfect pair of vintage shoes (I guess all the women with good shoe sense were a size 7 back then?), and hitting the streets of Boston on a quest for the perfect strawberry martini.


  1. Hi
    Great interview,it's fun to learn more about fellow bloggers!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  2. Great interview, Marg and good to meet you Cass.

    I love your Unicorn story too


  3. Loved knowing, Cass!

    Great questions. Wonderful answers!

    Reading the interviews is so much fun! I am learning so much about the book bloggers..

    Here is my post:

    BBAW 2011: Interview Swap

  4. Cass is fantastic and I'm glad you got paired with her Marg!

  5. Heeheehee: I love the pet unicorn reason for blog name. ;) I have such a lame story about my own name, now I want to make up a new one!

  6. Aww, I love Cass! Definitely go with the unicorn story. And yes, it seems all vintage shoes that are still around are about a size 7, much to my dismay. (Perhaps there was a shoe apocalypse and all the larger sizes disappeared?) Great interview!

  7. I think you should stick with the unicorn story Cass. Definitely. :)

  8. Cass, I stand in awe of your cat-training skills. I once tried to teach my flatmate's cat not to jump up on the table. Instead, I somehow convinced her that she should jump up on the table whenever she wanted to go outside.

    Um. Not the same.

    Maybe I should've started with "sit," then moved along to "roll over."

  9. Great interview! It was lots of fun!

  10. Now I want to make up stories about unicorns! Great interview!

  11. What a great interview! Cass sounds like a very interesting and cool person. I am also excited about Ready Player One. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  12. Funny interview!

  13. Nice getting to know a little about Cass. Very humorous interview. I really enjoyed it.

  14. I love you Cass. Hilarious answers that pretty much just made my day. Also, I love the pet unicorn story!

  15. This interview makes me wonder how many unicorns are in that apocalypse bunker of yours.

  16. Thanks for stopping by everyone. Glad you enjoyed the interview! Thanks to Cass for providing such fun answers!