“We each have our own inner clock—some run fast, some run slow” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Perry Dozois by © Emily Dozois

Image © Emily Dozois

An Interview with Perry

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. My 50th birthday party at my house. Lots of good friends and family came from out of town. My cousin Cindy gave me a pair of reading glasses as a joke because I was getting old, and when I tried them on I found out I really did need them! I kept them on to read all the birthday cards.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My 40th birthday in Montreal. I had parked my truck on a side street in front of the hotel because it wouldn’t fit in the underground parking, and when I walked out in the morning it was gone. I thought my friends had moved it as a joke, but they were as shocked as I was! It had been stolen while we were celebrating.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. Matching skidoo suits and helmets from my parents when I was seven or eight. My whole family got them, I still have the helmet!

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. My mom’s pasta and rice pudding. Even when I was a kid I used to ask my mom to make rice pudding instead of cake.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Gathering with family and friends.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. No.