Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Six top books that engage with other art forms

Amina Cain is the author most recently of the short story collection Creature, and a novel, Indelicacy, which will be published this year. Her writing has appeared in Granta, n+1, The Paris Review Daily, BOMB, Full Stop, Vice, the Believer Logger, and other places.

She has also co-curated literary events, such as When Does It or You Begin?, a month long festival of writing, performance, and video at Links Hall in Chicago, Both Sides and The Center, a summer festival of readings and performances enacting various levels of proximity, intimacy, and distance at the MAK Center/Schindler House in West Hollywood, and the Errata Salon, a talk/lecture series at Betalevel in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.

At The Week magazine, Cain tagged six books that engage with other art forms, including:
The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson, translated by Thomas Teal (2009).

In the dead of winter in a Swedish village, a young woman attempts to take over the house of Anna Aemelin, an elderly children's book illustrator. The depiction of Anna's relationship to drawing is lovely, and the storytelling is incredibly visual, particularly in its descriptions of the snowy landscape.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue