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.


The following two tabs change content below.
Co-editor and co-founder of Pamflet //
About anna-marie:

Co-editor and co-founder of Pamflet //

Find all posts by anna-marie | Visit Website


"Vogue loves...Indie mags: Hogarthian graphics and modern feminism from Pamflet"

"It makes me feel less despair to know that somewhere deep inside the Jordanization of modern Britain there are still a few angry feminists out there." Zadie Smith

"Pamflet is the photocopy-quality soapbox for two young, sarky post-feminists from London who want women’s rights and the right to wear pretty things, and want it, like, yesterday." Sunday Times Style

"They’re funny and honest and write about fashion with feminism so I’m obviously all over it." Tavi