Reading List: Jade Walker

Jade Walker is an artist and the director of the Visual Arts Center, housed in the Department of Art and Art History at UT Austin.

I tend to be a chronic fiction author stocker. I find an author I am excited about and read everything in a row. Here are the four authors that I go back to over and over and my top three by each—I have a very hard time selecting one.

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David Mitchell: Cloud Altas, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, and Black Swan Green

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Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye, Beloved, and Song of Solomon

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Haruki Murakami: Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-Up Bird Clock Chronicles, and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

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John Irving: The Fourth Hand, The Hotel New Hampshire, A Son of the Circus


Right now I am reading these four books:


Yukio Mishima: The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

This is a collaborative read between my husband and I. We started it on a train in Japan and when we have a bit of down time, we read it out load to one another. What a treat it is to have someone read to you. If you find the little book, you will laugh at how short it is—we should be done by now!


Blenda Femenías: Gender and the Boundaries of Dress in Contemporary Peru

This is such an interesting read on gender politics in Peru and the history of craft and garnets in various parts of this country.


Kazuo Ishiguro: When We Were Orphans

This was a recommendation from a friend and I am so close to the end. At this point, I am finding it slow but steady.


Catherine Morris and Matthew Higgs: Judith Scott: Bound and Unbound

I could look at the images of Judith Scott’s work all day and have this book on my studio table all the time. I find Lynne Cook’s essay very compelling and love the interview with Judith’s sister Joyce. Although heart breaking, it is lovely.


As I read to a two and four year old everyday, many times a day, I could not leave out some of our favorites:


Hirotaka Nakagawa: Sumo Boy


Jim Becket: Choose your Own Adventure, Inca Gold


Michael Smith: Baby Art Museum

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