Q & A with Vica Miller
Vica Miller launched her latest book, Inga’s Zigzags, at our store in May. She took the time to answer some questions about her reading. We would like to thank Vica for spending time and sharing her work with us.
1) What are you currently reading?
I’m reading Where I’m Calling From, short stories by Raymond Carver. I have also embarked on Empty Without You (intimate letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok). I recently finished This is How You Lose Her by Juno Diaz, which was brilliant, and next on my TBR list is The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson.
2) Is there anything you’re particularly looking forward to the publication of?
3) Are there standard titles or writers you like to recommend, either within or outside of your field?
I love everything by Jeanette Winterson, especially Written on the Body. Anais Nin’s diaries, Fire. I read and re-read Vladimir Nabokov. I think Laughter in the Dark (Camera Obscura) is the most outstanding novel ever written about an affair (besides Anna Karenina). My other literary heroes are Joan Didion, Toni Morrison, Ludmila Ulitskaya, Sarah Waters, Susan Sontag & Mary Gaitskill. Simon Van Booy’s writing is pure magic, especially his short stories. I think I’ve read everything by J. M. Coetzee, Michael Cunningham and Jeffrey Eugenides. And of course the Russian classics I grew up with, Dostoyevsky and Chekhov.
4) Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why?
It’s hard to name one book for all time, as time always changes and so do we.
I wanted to say Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, but how can I favor it over The Idiot by Dostoyevsky? And of course Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
5) What’s next? Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?
I’m revising my second novel, The Shadow of a Blue Doll, and I have a few short stories in the works.
Vica Miller grew up in St. Petersburg (Russia) and has been a New Yorker for over two decades. George Plimpton called her a writer, and she believed him. Her first novel, Inga’s Zigzags, was published on May 14, 2014 by Ladno Books.
Vica also hosts the Vica Miller Literary Salon. The salons provide a platform for fresh voices in literature, who are serious about the craft of writing. They present new work from a mix of established and emerging writers, with the ultimate goal of supporting the literary arts and creating a loyal community of followers. Each salon features four writers and is set in a private gallery or art space.
“If you’re going to read one bisexual management consulting Russian novel this year, please, dear god, make it this one.” ~ Gary Shteyngart
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