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Pamf-LIT: Beatrice Hitchman

Bristol-based Beatrice Hitchman‘s gorgeous and mysterious Paris-set debut Petit Mort was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2013 and compared to Angela Carter and Sarah Waters by critics. Its 1910s film world setting will be brought to life on BBC Radio 4’s 15 Minute Drama this week and next. 

Beatrice Hitchman (Credit: Sarah Lee)

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Pamf-LIT: Katie Kitamura

Katie Kitamura portrait colour (c) Hari Kunzru smallOn Monday we host BIRDS IN THE WOODS, the second of our summer salons with brilliant young novelists Katie Kitamura and Evie Wyld reading from and discussing their latest books. 

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.

 


Pamf-LIT: Tavi Gevinson!

Pamf-LIT: Tavi G

Pamf-LIT: Tavi G

That’s right, we got the blogging wunderkind, indie teen queen and ed-in-chief of Rookie mag to tell us all about her literary life. Enjoy!

Do you read paperbacks or Kindle?

Paperbacks, though I kind of want a kindle because I would probably read more and then I wouldn’t have to stress about ugly covers (so petty, I know).

How do you organise your books?

One of my book cases just organizes them by size, but I have them scattered throughout the rest of my room by theme/color. On the shelf next to my bed I have the books that have basically taught me how to live and shaped my point of view more than any other, including everything from Rodarte’s book with Catherine Opie and Alec Soth to zines from Rookie readers to The Westing Game.

What’s the book you reread more than any other?

The Virgin Suicides.

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Pamf-LIT: Robyn Wilder

Pamf-LIT: Robyn Wilder

Pamf-LIT: Robyn Wilder

Pamf-LIT’s back after a week off for Easter! Here freelance writer and almost award-winning blogger Robyn Wilder shares her shelves, sci-fi secrets and hardback health and safety issues…

Do you read paperbacks or Kindle?

Kindles. I used to be anti-Kindle, then one night I fell asleep reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in bed, and it smacked me square in the nose. It’s a massive book and I still have the scar. So, essentially, Kindles out of spite.

How do you organise your books?

First by shape, then by author, then by whatever I can jam into the gaps. So entire author back catalogues sit happily alongside my Maurice Sendak Nutshell Collection, a book of weird Estonian fairy tales and a, er, hat.

What’s the book you reread more than any other?

I’ve read The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas about three times, because I thought it was so inventive and irreverent. I also accidentally read G.W. Dahlquist’s The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters twice. I got through half a second reading having “really weird déjà vu” before I realised that I’d read it before. Read More…


Pamf-LIT: Sarah Drinkwater

Pamf-LIT: Sarah Drinkwater

The Enchanted Hunters London style+fun blogger Sarah Drinkwater shares her bookshelf-secrets with us for our weekly column of literary inspiration and bookish confessions…

Do you read paperbacks or Kindle?

Books, still. I was a real snob about Kindles until I went on holiday with a Kindle-owner and discovered you can send longform articles to it, and spent the whole week wading through great pieces from places like The Atlantic and Slate. Here‘s an especially good list of longform articles from the owner of the Kindle that converted me.

How do you organise your books?

I really don’t. As well as a stuffed bookcase at my parents and the magazine pile I live on top of, I have a double-width bookcase in my hallway with my very favourites rammed in. The picture is the least embarrassing corner of it, and still manages to include a book on the history of gin in London and one on Victorian spiritualists. Believe me, the other areas were worse.  Read More…


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