Dead or Alive
Living: "Harper Lee. Because To Kill a Mockingbird was one of those books that changed my life. Probably a toss-up between her and J.D. Salinger. Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird both are the books that probably landed me in the book business. I didn't realize until I read those two books the power of the written word."
Living: "[I'd like to get] someone in here who's a really strong Texas icon. Like Kinky Friedman. Or Larry McMurtry. Either one of them."
Living: "[Long pause.] John Irving would be great. I love John Irving... I've read some of his books so many times that they're kind of imprinted on my mind."
Dead: "Charlie Chaplin. I adore him, and his autobiography is so amazing. He just had the most amazing life. He came up from absolutely nothing... He's also a really tragic figure too, a very sad person."
Living: "For the Guadalupe store, Stephen King. And I would love to hear Frank McCourt."
Dead: "Homer. I've got some questions I would like to ask him." - J.H.