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The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Gila Green

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The WAR Series (Writers As Readers) is our newest interview series at Open Book, and gives writers an opportunity to talk about the books that shaped them, from first loves to new favourites.

Author Gila Green?s debut novel is King of the Class (Now or Never Publishing), which was published on April 15, 2023. Set in post-civil war Israel, this book is a futuristic satire that focuses on religion and politics in modern Israel. Today Gila tells us about some of her favourite reads, from Little Women to We Need to Talk About Kevin, the book that made her laugh out loud and the island novel that she?s re-read many times.


The WAR Series, Writers as Readers

The first book I remember reading on my own:
I remember loving the Little House on the Prairie series and Little Women, but I probably read Ramona the Pest before I read those.

A book that made me cry:
It takes a lot for a book to make me cry. Most likely The Diary of Anne Frank.

The first adult book I read:
Judy Blume?s Smart Women.

A book that made me laugh out loud:
The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, indeed, anything by Douglas Adams.

The book I have re-read many times:
William Golding?s Lord of the Flies.

A book I feel like I should have read, but haven't:
The Hunger Games. I seem to be missing many modern references because I?ve never even seen this series.

The book I would give my 17-year-old self, if I could:
Anything by Osip Mandelstam.

The best book I read in the past six months:
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

The book I plan on reading next:
In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault.

A possible title for my autobiography:
That?s a tough one. Maybe:
Life is Lived Once.

Originally from Ottawa, Gila Green?s debut novel King of the Class (Now or Never Publishing: www.nonpublishing.com) takes place in a post-civil war Israel. When she is not mothering her children, she teaches, edits and writes fiction. Her first collection, White Zion, was nominated for the Doris Bakwin Literary Award and her work has been nominated for six international awards and for a Canadian literary fellowship. Visit Gila's website.

For more information about King of the Class please visit the Now or Never Publishing website.

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

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