I’ve been doing a lot of research on the Mennonite speculative fiction writer Sofia Samatar recently, including reading through lots of her interviews (a list of them is on her website). Interviewers often ask her about books she’s read lately and I’ve almost always never heard of them, so I try to buy the ones that sound interesting or helpful for my own work. These three books are examples of this gleaning.
Martin, Douglas A. Acker. New York: Nightboat Books, 2017.
I like Kathy Acker’s writing, and this book is blurbed by Maggie Nelson and Wayne Koestenbaum, two queer writers whose work I enjoy, so I am especially excited to read it.
Valente, Catherynne M. Palimpsest. New York: Bantam Books, 2009.
The premise of this novel is apparently that you have to have sex in order to enter the city where it takes place.
Zambreno, Kate. Heroines. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2012.
This book is about the wives of famous authors. I’m always interested in books that investigate the margins.