The dictionary definition of “interstitial” refers not only to the space between things, but also to that which binds two or more things together. Interstitial literature can fall into the cracks between genres or it can bind two or more genres together. The IAF is here to give support to writers working between or across categories.
Interstitial fiction can be found all over the bookstore, tucked away under various genre labels. How, then, can a reader find it? By sharing recommendations, IAF contributors provide a guide to the best interstitial fiction available today.
On these pages contributors present an ongoing selection of writers, old and new; of well-known authors whose very interstitiality may have made them slip under the public’s radar.
TERRI WINDLING, 2004
“When I’m asked for good examples of border-crossing fiction, the works of Kevin Brockmeier and Kelly Link immediately leap to mind.”
DELIA SHERMAN, 2003
“Those of us who have been talking for years about what makes a piece of art more or less Interstitial tend to use Angela Carter for our touchstone. Her art, with its unusual juxtapositions of conventions and traditions, is virtually impossible to classify.”
THE INTERSTITIAL ARTS FOUNDATION
Here is an ongoing list of interstitial books recommended by diverse contributors. These are works that cross the borders between genres, or defy categorization altogether. Different contributors have different ideas about what makes a book interstitial, which is why we have asked them to annotate and sign their recommendations.