Take 10 With Camilla Gibb

Camilla Gibb’s poignant memoir This is Happy is one of the season’s most celebrated

 titles. She took time out from her whirlwind schedule to answer ten questions for Black Iris.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Kayaking on a pristine lake with my daughter.

What was your favourite book when you were small?

Miss Kingcup’s Cottage – about a frog who throws a housewarming party on a lily pad…and no one comes…

What is your greatest fear?

Dying unloved and destitute.

What is you most marked characteristic?

My height.

What virtue is most over-rated?

Clear thinking.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I’d have tougher skin.

What quality do you appreciate most in a friend?


Who is your favourite historical figure?

Joan of Arc.

What is your favourite line of a novel or a poem?

Quinces are ripe, Gertrude Stein.  (Monique Truong, The Book of Salt)

What is your favourite city in the world?

The one I have yet to explore.



Camilla Gibb Reads For The Cure in Calgary on November 5.