6 questions we always ask — Pallavi Dixit, Fiction on a Stick Contributor

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been having contributors to Fiction on a Stick, an anthology of stories by Minnesota writers, answer the 6 questions we always ask. Today we’re featuring Pallavi Dixit who earned a B.A. and an M.A in History from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Last year she was a participant in the Mentor Series at the Loft Literary Center, where she is offering a class on travel writing in the spring. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband.

What books are you currently reading?
The Things They Carried. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this gorgeous book. Also, one about reincarnation and past lives called Messages from the Masters. And I’m just starting Team of Rivals.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
Yes. Florentino Ariza and Tony Soprano. Oh, and Mr. Darcy, of course.

If your favorite author came to Minnesota, who would it be and what bar would you take him/her to?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Monte Carlo. If he’s up for it, maybe we’ll cross the street for a drink at Cafe Havana. Has that place reopened yet?

What was your first favorite book?
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. It’s about a girl who runs away and lives for a while at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art. I thought that was just fabulous.

Let's say Fahrenheit 451 comes to life, which book would you become in order to save it from annihilation?
Could I become Fahrenheit 451?

What is one book you haven't read but want to read before you die?
A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth.

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