Flavorwire has a slideshow of “20 Photos of Famous Authors in Awesome Costumes.” Among my favorites are Susan Sontag dressed as a teddy bear, Jeffrey Eugenides as Henry James (from a Vogue photoshoot!), and Maya Angelou in a stunning slitted dress as “Miss Calypso.”
For Halloween, I’ve dressed as characters from books. I can only find photographic documentation of a few. One is my costume as Black Stache from Peter and the Starcatchers that I wore while working the Queen Anne Merchants’ annual trick-or-treat; a hook would have made it significantly harder to give out 1,000 pieces of candy.
Another is my costume as Terfle, the pet ladybug from Time Stops for No Mouse and the other Hermux Tantamoq books by Michael Hoeye (an Oregon author). I believe this was before the first Ladybug Girl book by David Soman and Jacky Davis, but I did wear a Terfle collar to help customers understand the specificity of my costume.
I’ve seen wonderful book-inspired costumes like Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, a family of Sneetches, and plenty of Cats-in-the-Hats and Things 1 and 2. My hubby and I once dressed as characters from The Great Gatsby. We still see a steady stream of Harrys and Hermiones, and a young friend confided that she’ll be Nancy Drew this year.
In one of my more obscure costumes, I dressed as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring by covering myself with fake dead songbirds and printouts of the chemical formulas for different pesticides. That took some explaining, but not as much as you might think since I was taking a forest ecology class at the time.
I’ve never dressed as an author, though. What authors would work for a Halloween costume? How (aside from offering to sign copies of “your” book) would you let people know who you were dressed as?
Have you worn literary-inspired costumes?