What do zinesters (& zine appreciators) like to read? I asked the question at the Zinefest last weekend and collected nearly 100 post-its with books of all sorts. I can’t fit all of the titles into this post, but I’m going to try to share as many as I can.
A few are books that I’ve read and liked:
Pictured: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (I blogged about his latest here), and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A few are books I have on my to-read list:
Pictured: Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein, Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists by J. Courtney Sullivan, Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
There were a few kid’s books:
Pictured: Matilda by Roald Dahl, Nikki and Deja by Karen English, two for Junie B. Jones, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, and Coraline by Neil Gaiman (exclamation point!)
As a side note, I loved that there were kids at the fest, and I hope there are more next year. This was the first time there was a kids’ activity table there, and maybe we can plan more kid/family stuff next year!
Back to the photos. There were only a couple of teen books, I say sadly:
Pictured: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson. Does no one read teen fiction anymore?!
Some people still read the classics:
Pictured: The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Arabian Nights, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, and Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov. None of which, I must admit, have I read.
Some contemporary & literary fiction:
Pictured: Larry’s Party by Carol Shields, Project X by Jim Shepard, Scruples by Judith Krantz, Savages by Don Winslow, When the Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle, The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty, I was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn
Pictured: Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie, Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie, Sister by Rosamund Lupton, Death Ship by Bruno Traven
Science Fiction & Fantasy was a popular choice:
Pictured: Radio Free Albemuth by Philip K. Dick, Small Gods by Terry Pratchett, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, Kraken by China Mieville, Embassytown by China Mieville, and The Gift of Fire/On the Head of a Pin by Walter Mosely
As were graphic novels & comics:
Pictured: An Elegy for Amelia Johnson by Andrew Rostan, Witch Hunter by Jung-Man Cho, Blankets by Craig Thompson, Tank Girl by Alan C. Martin, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Mr. Natural by R. Crumb
Don’t forget the nonfiction:
Pictured: Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock by Jesse Jarrow, Illiterate America by Jonathan Kozol, Reading is My Window by Megan Sweeney, Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick
And, of course, my favorite sort of nonfiction, memoirs:
Pictured: The Magic Lantern by Ingmar Bergman, War by Sebastian Junger, ‘Tis by Frank McCourt, I’m Perfect, You’re Doomed by Kyria Abrahams
I’m sharing this one by itself because I applaud the enthusiasm:
Pictured: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – I just may pick this up thanks to the “read it!” at the bottom of the post-it. I am a sucker for strong recommendations.
Not everyone had a particular title (or even a book to share):
That’s a sampling of what people at the Twin Cities Zinefest were reading. What about you? What have you read lately?
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