The Spur Questionnaire: Ian Weir

Ian Weir
Ian Weir

Ian Weir is a B.C.-based novelist, screenwriter and playwright. He’ll be discussing his latest book, Will Starling, as part of our Book Bag series.

What do you hope Spur Festival attendees will take away from your session?
Well, I have a great love of gothic literary tropes and the City of London. Those passions infuse my new novel Will Starling, and I’m hoping attendees will take that away with them.  The shared passion, I mean—although they’re certainly welcome to take the novel away with them too.

What are you most looking forward to about the Spur Festival?
I haven’t been to Calgary in several years. Can’t wait to visit the city, and to share the Spur experience.

What is the one item you never leave home without?
I don’t go anywhere without a book to read. I don’t tend to go very far without my laptop, either—hey, I’m a writer—but the book is the one absolute essential.

Which book is currently on your nightstand?
I’m currently reading David Bezmozgis’ wonderful The Betrayers, and Nick Cutter’s also-wonderful-in-a-very-different-way The Deep. As usual, there are 10 or 12 other books all piled precariously on top of one another, but those two are currently at the top.

In the last year, what is the longest you have gone ‘unplugged’? No internet, no cell phone, etc.
Oh, I think I’ve managed it for 10 or 12 hours at a stretch.The last time I took an overseas flight, for instance. But I don’t want to get carried away with this sort of abstinence.

Who was the last person you texted?
My daughter Amy. We went out to dinner last night.

The animated show The Jetsons was set in 2062. Is there anything from their futuristic world that wish were a current reality?
I was never a big Jetsons fan, to be honest. Mainly I’ve always been a Bugs Bunny guy. But his futuristic world was pretty much limited to Marvin the Martian, who would not necessarily make a positive contribution to our current reality.

How do you prefer to communicate with colleagues: by phone, email, text or in person? How do you prefer to communicate with friends?
Colleagues? Probably email. I’ve had wonderfully warm email relationships over the years with colleagues whom I’ve never even met. But friends I prefer to talk to in person

What are you most looking forward to about Calgary?
Well, as the world’s biggest B.C. Lions fan, I look forward at some point to visiting Calgary with an immense glossy photograph of the Leos embracing the Grey Cup and chanting “neener.” But all things considered, that may have to wait for a few years. Dang, you guys have a good football team.

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