Jacqueline West, Writer

Bestselling author of The Books of Elsewhere and Dreamers Often Lie

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I buy your books?

Lots of places! If you can't find them in your local bookstore, try (where you can buy online from the independent bookseller of your choice), or Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Google Play. Audiobooks are also available via Audible, Amazon, and Apple iTunes. Signed copies are available for online order from Rivertown Games.

Will you sign my book?

Yes, I most certainly will. Ways you can get signed copies of my books:

  1. Come to an event! You can find a schedule of upcoming appearances on my website, under Events/Schools. I'll happily sign and personalize just-purchased or much-loved copies.
  2. Purchase a copy online from Red Wing, Minnesota store Rivertown Games.
  3. You can contact me via email ( and we may be able to make arrangements to send/return a book by postal mail.

Will you visit my school/library/bookstore/house?

Your house…probably not. Unless you kidnap me. (Please don't kidnap me.) Your school/library/store…I will certainly try.

I love visiting with readers, and I frequently give talks/readings/writing workshops at schools and libraries. If you are a young reader, please ask your teachers, librarians, or administrators to get in touch with me if they are interested in arranging a visit. If you are a teacher, librarian, administrator, or bookseller, you don't need to ask anyone. Just send me an email. Check the Events/Schools page for more information.

Will you read my book/short story/screenplay/epic poem involving dragons, ballerinas, and lasers?

I wish I could, and I really love dragons and ballerinas, but I've had to make a rule against reading aspiring writers' work. If I promised to read and respond to all of it, I wouldn't have time to get anything else done. Joining a critique group or attending writers' workshops would probably be far more helpful anyway, and a quick online search should give you lots and lots of leads.

Best of luck with your writing. I mean it.

Can I send you an actual, old-fashioned, on-paper letter/drawing/collage/other-wonderful-creative-thing?

Yes.  I love getting actual mail.  You can send it to me at:
Jacqueline West
P.O. Box 204
Red Wing, MN  55066

What's your favorite book?

I have far too many favorite books to name just one. I'll give you a list instead.

For young readers:
- All of Roald Dahl, especially Matilda
- Everything that I've read by Eva Ibbotson is marvelous (Which Witch? might be my favorite)
- The Bunnicula series by James Howe
- All of the Calvin and Hobbes collections, by the brilliant Bill Watterson
- Alice in Wonderland, naturally
- The Hobbit
- Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury (I try to reread this every summer)
- Anne of Green Gables
- Everything by Kate DiCamillo
- A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories

For adults:
Everything by J.D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Sylvia Plath, the Brontes, and—even though it seems pretentious to say it - William Shakespeare.

For writers:
- Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird
- Stephen King's On Writing
- Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing
- Everything by Annie Dillard, especially The Writing Life

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