Proust Questionnaire for Open Book Toronto

The lovely people at Open Book Toronto asked me to answer their “Proust” questionnaire.  On their site they say:

Lauren B. Davis is following strong on the heels of her hit book Our Daily Bread with The Empty Room (HarperCollins Canada) hitting the shelves just one year later.

Though The Empty Room tackles a different subject than Lauren’s previous books, it has her trademark intensity and willingness to delve into the dark and difficult, this time tracing a woman’s battle with the chaos and pain of alcoholism.

In her answers to the Proust Questionnaire today, Lauren shares with Open Book some great quotes (courtesy of Raymond Carver and Rabbi Zuzia of Hannipol), her view on wise birds and about her own past struggles.

The Proust Questionnaire was not invented by Marcel Proust, but it was a much loved game by the French author and many of his contemporaries.  The idea behind the questionnaire is that the answers are supposed to reveal the respondent’s “true” nature.

If you’re interested in my answers (reading it over I kinda surprised myself.  Rabbi Zuzia of Hannipol?  Geez, where did THAT come from? Snort),  please click here. 


  1. donna delaney on June 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Lauren, I absolutely loved reading this. Some of your answers had me laughing out loud. Based on your blog essays, it sure comes across as authentic. You come across as being willing to discuss many personal experiences and thoughts, are there any areas that are taboo for you?

    • Lauren B. Davis on June 2, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Thanks, Donna. And as to areas that are taboo — sure. I try to keep the focus on myself. Being candid about one’s self is, I believe, permissible. Revealing other people’s secrets is not. And I don’t air dirty laundry in public. Although it may not seem like it, I really do keep quite a bit private, especially where my life intersects with others.

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