Author’s Bookshelf: Jeff VanderMeer

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Feb 19, 2018 · 3 min read

It isn’t often that you get a look inside the library of your favorite authors.
Between the premiere of the movie adaptation of Annihilation and book release The Strange Bird: A Borne Story, Sci-Fi great Jeff VanderMeer has somehow found the time to share over 50 of his top favorite books exclusively with Strand.


Jeff VanderMeer’s NYT bestselling Southern Reach trilogy has been translated into over 30 languages and made Entertainment Weekly’s top 10 list. The first novel, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and Shirley Jackson Award, was shortlisted for a half dozen more, and has been made into a movie to be released by Paramount Pictures in February 23, 2018. His latest novel, Borne, is the first release from Farrar, Straus and Giroux’s new MCD imprint. The novel has also been optioned by Paramount and it continues to explore themes related to the environment, animals, and our future. The New Yorker has called Jeff “the weird Thoreau” and he frequently speaks about issues related to climate change and storytelling, including at DePaul, MIT, and Vanderbilt. His nonfiction appears in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, and many more. With his wife, Ann VanderMeer, he has edited several fiction anthologies, including The Big Book of Science Fiction. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Southern Reach Trilogy


The Answers by Catherine Lacey

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Slynx by Tatayana Tolstaya, translated by Jamey Gambrell

The 13 Clocks by James Thurber

Big Questions by Anders Nilsen

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington

Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin, translated by Bonnie Huie

Event Factory by Renee Gladman

Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov

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