Something about me
About Myself
Name: Margi Preus
Gender: Female
Birthday: June 7
Status: Married
Hometown: Duluth, MN
 Some of my Favorite books
Favorite books when I was a kid:
Pippi Longstocking
Charlotte’s Web
Harriet the Spy
Dr. Seuss books
National Geographic’s Indians of the Americas
Island of the Blue Dolphins
lots of fairy tales
A little bit older. . .
Green Mansions
Huckleberry Finn
A Tale of Two Cities
Jane Eyre
more fairy tales
Favorite bed-time read aloud books:
The Moomintroll books
Harry Potter
The Horatio Hornblower books
and always, fairy tales
Audio books that kept us from slugging each other on long car trips:
Hank the Cowdog
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part time Indian
A Single Shard
Mr. Tuckett
Down the Rabbit Hole
Recently read or in process (and love)
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Jo Nesbo’s books (Redbreast; The Leopard)
The 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Help
Out Stealing Horses
always, folk and fairy tales
Recently read or in process for young readers or YA (and love)
Orchards, by Holly Thompson
The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook, (coming soon!) by Joanne Rocklin
Shine, by Lauren Myracle
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin
Fake Mustache, Tom Angleberger (coming soon--watch for it!)
Something about me
An interview from Duluth-Superior Magazine, in which I was asked the famous “Proust questions.”
What is your most marked characteristic?
Other than being able to touch my elbows behind my back, do you mean?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I would like to claim responsibility for my two exceptional children.
When and where were you happiest?
I'm pretty happy right now: on the screen porch of our cabin, sun setting, the lake still, loons yodeling and a phenomenal mayfly hatch happening before my very eyes.
What is your greatest regret?
If "regret is illumination come too late," as Joseph Campbell suggested, it's painful to think how much illumination I've missed out on.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Although I generally prefer being out of doors, right now I am happy that I am separated from these mayflies by screens.
What is your most treasured possession?
Where would you most like to live?
I'm living there.
What is your greatest fear?
helicopters and rattle snakes. Fortunately, I am rarely near either one.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
This is a painful questionnaire.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Un-thinkingness. Which is not the same thing as un-thoughtfulness. There's probably a real word for it that I'm not thinking of.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Patience. But that's the only virtue I can think of at the moment.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Travel, probably.
What’s on your ipod?
audio books. I don't remember which ones because I forgot where my ipod is.
What is your favorite journey?
The one I take every day out to my little writing house.
(pictured above)
What is it that you most dislike?
Unnecessary noise. I mean that in the broadest possible terms.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
I like something whirring around in the cranial cavity.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
I like a woman to have the same size feet as me so I can borrow her shoes.
What do you most value in your friends?
that they are willing to be my friends.
If you were to come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
After experiencing this hatch of mayflies, I think the odds for all of us are pretty heavily weighted toward some kind of insect.
How would you like to die?
I don't care, as long as I don't have to be there when it happens.
(sentiment courtesy Woody Allen)
Margi Preus is a children’s book author and playwright. Her first novel for young people, Heart of a Samurai, is a 2011 Newbery Honor Book, an ALSC Notable Book and a recipient of the Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature, among other honors. Her picture books include the recently released Celebritrees; Historic and Famous Trees of the World. Margi served as the artistic director of Colder by the Lake Comedy Theatre for 25 years and with current Colder director and playwriting collaborator, Jean Sramek, has written hundreds of comedy sketches, a couple of comic operas, and dozens of plays for young people and grown ups. When she isn’t writing, she teaches an occasional course at CSS or UMD. She likes to ski, hike, paddle or sit quietly with a book in her lap.