Margaret Hawkins doesn’t have much time for debates about who is an artist or who is a writer. The art critic and novelist, who sat down for this On the Fly interview in October 2010 when she was in Iowa City to read at Prairie Lights, believes that if you paint or sculpt, you’re an artist, and if you write, you’re a writer.
For her part, Hawkins has written three novels—A Year of Cats and Dogs, How to Survive a Natural Disaster, and Lydia’s Party. She has been compared to Anne Tyler and Anna Quindlen.
Hawkins is also the author of the memoir After Schizophrenia: The Story of My Sister’s Reawakening.