AWP Speakers Share Their Desert Island Reading List


As we prepare to head to the 2016 AWP Conference, kicking off this Thursday, March 31st in Los Angeles, we asked our speakers Kelly Link, Emily St. John Mandel, and Ruth Ozeki to share their essential reads if stranded on a desert island. These three brilliant speakers will be joining L.A. Times book editor Carolyn Kellogg for a special event on Friday, April 1st of the conference to discuss their genre-bending work. See what books our authors could not live without in the list below, and stop by our booth for a chance to win one of these desert island reads.

Emily St. John Mandel’s Picks

Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel: Author of Station Eleven and 2014 National Book Award Finalist

  • Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
  • Skyfaring by Mark Vanhoenacker

Ruth Ozeki’s Picks


Ruth Ozeki: Filmmaker, Zen Buddhist priest, and author of A Tale for the Time Being – shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  • The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
  • Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Kelly Link’s Picks

Kelly Link

Kelly Link: NEA grant recipient and celebrated author of the short story collection Get in Trouble

  • Burning Your Boats by Angela Carter
  • Black Glass by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
  • The Once and Future King by T. H. White

We look forward to seeing you at the conference later this week. Please contact us for further information on booking one of our literary speakers for your next event.