I wrote a hotel story about a dog for Ace Hotel/Visual Editions, along with Zoe Pilger and Will Self (they didn't write about dogs). It's National Dog Day, so I thought I'd put up a link. You can listen to it here.
This is as much for me to keep tabs on things as anything, but if you're curious about my forthcoming books, Vertigo and Hotel, here are a few previews. If you're a reviewer, and would like a look at one, or both of them, please get in touch...
Vertigo: starred review at Kirkus: "sentences that can make your heart stop. A feat of language".
I'll be helping Susana Medina ("a genius" - Deborah Levy) to launch her extraordinary book in London next week, along with writer and translator, Lorna Scott-Fox, followed by a screening of Susana's collaboration with Derek Ogbourne, Leather-Bound Stories.
Shklovsky's Zoo is an event-based publication by Piece of Paper Press. The first edition of 150 copies was given away at the Bookart Bookshop on 10th July 20015. It's not available anywhere else, in any form, online or off.
I'm delighted and moved to find that today the @read_women Twitter account reached 10,000 followers.
When I started the campaign at the beginning of 2014 I hardly expected it to continue past January, never mind to the end of the year and beyond. Since then it's gained press coverage around the world and has sparked events at literary festivals including Luminato in Canada and Mountains to Sea in Ireland. It has had massive support from booksellers, publishers (especially Hamish Hamilton who let me guest-edit an all-women 2-part edition of its magazine Five Dials), libraries, universities and schools and, most importantly from writers and readers.
I hope to be able to post news soon about a very exciting new venture for @read_women. In the meantime I'm honoured to be able to use the Twitter account to keep the conversation open and, above all to celebrate writing by women.
To celebrate #readwomen10k, the wonderful independent publisher Miel has offered two generous prize bundles of innovative and beautifully-produced chapbooks by women writers, plus two copies of Lisa Solomon's gorgeous Hand/Made.
For the chance to win, please spread the word on Twitter, using the hashtag #readwomen10k, and mentioning @MIELbooks and @read_women - or just follow this link and RT. Winners will be picked at random and announced on Monday 6th July at 10am UK time.
The MIEL shop is also offering a 10% discount on any books in their #readwomen category until July 7 at 11:59 p.m. on entering the code, READWOMEN.
Ten runners-up will receive sets of #readwomen bookmarks, which can also be bought for £5 per set inc worldwide postage (£3 for extra sets sent in the same envelope), by sending a payment to email@example.com via Paypal.
I wrote a book about not being able to read Zoo by Viktor Shklovsky. It's also about Kafka, writing residencies, alcohol, Berlin, dolls, letters, the U-bahn, children, romance, burnout, Elsa Triolet, the Zoological gardens, Dora Diamant, members of the clergy, emails, truth and fiction. It's a very short book.
It's published by Tony White's Piece of Paper Press. I'll be reading it at the Bookart Bookshop on Friday 10th July: details here. Please come.