I’m surprised and embarrassed.
Surprised because two weeks ago I discovered by accident that Andre Norton, a prolific science fiction/fantasy author was a woman. I didn’t have a clue.
The embarrassment is because not only do I read a lot and consider fantasy one of my chosen genres, but I worked in a bookstore for six years. Six years of shelving Andre Norton titles with my own hands and not knowing. How could I not know this? And despite knowing the name and the genre, I have to admit I’ve never read any Norton. I’m really don’t know why – it probably has more to do with the fact that at any given moment, there is a list of about 100 books that I’m thinking about as “next on the list”. I just never got around to her.
Her very first book wasn’t in the Hennepin County Library, but I did get it from InterLibrary loan, so we’ll see if I go for more after I read this one.
But I’m still flummoxed that I didn’t know she was a woman.
What’s a big surprise you’ve had recently? Extra points if you feel like you should have known….