National Book Critics Circle Awards Ceremony and After Party, Tonight!

One-third of the finalists for the awards are small press books. Bravo, N.B.C.C.!

While  I’d love to see Paul Beatty’s The Sellout win the fiction award, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me the criticism, tonight, I’m rooting for the small presses: the following books in their respective categories:
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All hail the ILLiad (not to be confused with that other Iliad)

Do you know of ILLiad? It’s an interlibrary loan system from which I’ve recently requested and received the following books (that my own university library does not have):

  • Gordon Lish’s Mourner at the Door and My Romance and Krupp’s Lulu
  • Helene Cixous’s Coming to Writing and Other Essays
  • Ken Sparling’s Dad says he saw you at the mall
  • Peter Handke’s The Weight of the World
  • DFW’s Infinite Jest
  • Bernadette Mayer’s Midwinter Day
  • Mark Halliday’s Tasker Street
  • Aimee Parkison’s Woman with Dark Horses
  • Nina Shope’s Hangings: Three Novellas
  • Sara Greenslit’s The Blue of Her Body
  • Zachary Mason’s The Lost Books of the Odyssey
  • Janet Mitchell’s The Creepy Girl and Other Stories
  • Jacques Roubaud’s Some Thing Black
  • Gary Young’s No Other Life
  • Marilyn Hacker’s Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons
  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee
  • Michael Hardt’s and Antonio Negri’s Empire
  • Frank Stanford’s The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You

I don’t know what I’d do without the ILLiad. What books are on your to-read-but-don’t-have-yet list?