Here New York-based Katie, whose second novel Gone to the Forest was published in February, reveals her bookshelf secrets. Salon tickets priced £11 (includes wine and cake) are on sale now.
Do you read paperbacks or Kindle?
Paperbacks. Hardbacks when possible. I don’t own a Kindle or any other reading device, but it’s not a position I’m wedded to. I can see how it would be convenient.
How do you organize your books?
To the extent that they’re organized, by language and region. But mostly they sit in haphazard piles, as they come in the door.
What’s the book you own but have never read?
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa – two copies, never read. To my shame.
What’s on your nightstand?
Selected Stories by Robert Walser. A Schoolboy’s Diary and Other Stories, also by Walser and with an introduction by Ben Lerner (forthcoming from NYRB Classics). Karl Ove Knausgaard’s A Time for Everything. Lenin’s Kisses by Yan Lianke.
What’s in your handbag?
Diapers, wipes, baby socks. Wallet, keys, pen. A paperback (at the moment Replacement by Tor Ulven).
What’s the book you foist on people?
It changes all the time. For the past month, it’s been Knausgaard’s My Struggle and Gerald Murnane’s The Plains.
Name the four books that mean the world to you
Some people and certain principles mean the world to me. But there’s no book that means the world to me, not in that way.
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