6 questions we always ask: Alan DeNiro, author

I just have to tell you that I had to Google Cordwainer Smith (see Alan DeNiro’s answer to Question #3) and was a little bit crushed that it’s a pseudonym. That has nothing to do with Alan, but something I wanted to confess nonetheless. Alan is the author of two poetry chapbooks, one short story collection, and the novel Total Oblivion, More or Less (which Melissa reviewed in December). You should visit Alan’s About Me page for a bunch of links to some of his writing that’s floating around the web.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Alan’s going to be reading at Magers & Quinn (3038 Hennepin Ave. S) with William Alexander, David Schwartz, and Kelly Barnhill. The group is reading selections from Interfictions 2: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing. You can read an excerpt of a story by William Alexander over at Magers & Quinn’s (very fabulous) blog. Okay, now on to Alan’s answers.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
I’m reading 2666 by Roberto Bolano, and about halfway through that. I’m also doing research for a new novel set in the 17th century, so I’m reading books like Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World and The Many-Headed Hydra: The Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
Ha, probably not since Katherine Anne “Kitty” Pryde of my X-Men and Excalibur-reading days, way back when.

Alan DeNiro Reading
7:30 p.m. Fri, Jan 29
Magers & Quinn
3038 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis

If your favorite author came to Minnesota, who would it be and what bar would you take him/her to? I have lots of favorite authors, so to choose one is hard, but to pull a name out of a hat, I think Cordwainer Smith would be an interesting fellow to have a beer with. Presumably then, if I had the ability to go back in time, I would take him to the Viking Bar.

What was your first favorite book?
That’s a great question–I don’t know if I can really remember any single one “first.” The early childhood was such a swirl of books-and-records, random science books, and the like. One YA novel that really stuck out in my head thinking about it just now was Interstellar Pig by William Sleator. Wonderfully odd.

Let’s say Fahrenheit 451 comes to life, which book would you become in order to save it from annihilation?
Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo. Short and sweet (I’m horrible at memorization).

What is one book you haven’t read but want to read before you die?
So many, and so little time. But to choose one that I have started and never got around to finishing. . . I mean to finish Demons by Dostoyevsky–and I am hopeful I will in the time left I have on this earth.

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