I got back yesterday from the 2019 Modern Language Association (MLA) convention in Chicago. It was a fantastic time! The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny (it was 50 degrees on Saturday) and I was able to attend lots of excellent panels. I also felt that my presentation on Ana Castillo’s Give It to Me went well.
Of course the book fair is always one of the highlights of MLA. Here is a list of what I acquired. All of the books were either discounted or free (Cantero, Kern, and Yaszek).
Berlant, Lauren, and Kathleen Stewart. The Hundreds. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.
This book is notable because it is the first book I have acquired with a 2019 copyright date and because I read it immediately after buying it and it is one of the best books about writing I have ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Cantero, Edgar. Meddling Kids. 2017. New York: Blumhouse Books, 2018.
GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 25, no. 1 (2019).
I don’t normally list academic journals in these posts but I am making an exception here because GLQ‘s twenty-fifth anniversary issue just came out. Its contribution to the field of queer studies has been massive. This issue includes short essays by a number of the journal’s most illustrious contributors through the years.
Henríquez, Cristina. The Book of Unknown Americans. 2014. New York: Vintage Books, 2015.
Kern, Adam L., ed. and trans. The Penguin Book of Haiku. London: Penguin Books, 2018.
Latham, Rob, ed. Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.
Lothian, Alexis. Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility. New York: New York University Press, 2018.
McRuer, Robert. Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance. New York: New York University Press, 2018.
Schalk, Sami. Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018.
I saw Schalk present, which is what convinced me to buy her book. She graciously signed it for me.
Yaszek, Lisa, ed. The Future is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. LeGuin. New York: Library of America, 2018.