Twenty questions for our new director of publicity.
Here’s the deal: Erin Kottke, publicist extraordinaire, keeper of the contacts, has joined Catapult as director of publicity. Before her recent freelance projects at Erin Kottke Public Relations, Erin directed marketing and publicity at Graywolf. During her ten years there, she worked with many award-winning and bestselling authors, including Claudia Rankine, Maggie Nelson, Eula Biss, Leslie Jamison, Geoff Dyer, Per Petterson, Tracy K. Smith, and others. Needless to say, we are absolutely to have her on board.
Because we’ve already done all the formal introductions and announcements, I asked Erin the revealing questions so we can get to know her better. Erin lives in Minneapolis and is on Twitter at @eekottke.
The Westing Game
New York Times“The Really Big One,” Kathryn Schulz’s brilliant, nuanced piece on the Cascadia subduction zone, that ran in the New Yorker. It came out over a year ago, but I think about it often enough to still consider it “recent.”
10. What’s a good album to listen to while reading?
Boxer by the National. I’ve listened to it a thousand times so it’s good background music. (I also love sad music, and this album pairs well with the streak of sad books I’ve been reading lately.)
11. What’s a terrible album to listen to while reading?
Best Summer Ever by Har Mar Superstar. How can I focus on reading when all I want to do is dance?
12. How many tabs do you have open right now?
13. Have you ever bought a book that you already received a free copy of?
I’ve done it a handful of times when I received the book in galley form because I loved it and wanted to have the finished copy or gift it to someone, or because it was written by a friend and I wanted to support them. But generally I’m not a big rereader, so sometimes just reading it once and moving on is enough.
14. You’re cursed to read only one book for the rest of your life, but for some convenient and arbitrary reason, you can choose which one it is. What book is it?
A story collection seems like a smart choice: Birds of America by Lorrie Moore.
15. What in the world did you do to get yourself cursed? I mean, yikes.
I accidentally threw a curse at the wrong person during some wicked Harry Potter cosplay and the spell rebounded and . . . this is getting really personal, you guys.
16. On your way to the store, you run into four pigs, nine dancers, eight goats, fifteen bankers, twenty-nine cats, four authors, five booksellers, three event coordinators, and a partridge in a pear tree. How many of them have you invited to a book launch?
All of them except for the goats.
17. You’re now banned from working with books. What do you do instead?
Wander the earth aimlessly, face pressed against bookstore windows. Or, more likely, I’d work for a nonprofit, or with children, or at a nonprofit that helps children. Or maybe I’d just work at the Gap or something? Or I’d be unemployed.
18. Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?
I see a red bird looking at me, of course! My two kids could recite the rest by heart from here . . .
19. What’s something you loved as a kid but hate now?
20. What book protagonist would play you in a movie?
Jo March, Hermione Granger, Elizabeth Bennet . . . but that’s just a short list of who I would want to play me in a movie. I should be so lucky!
Natalie Degraffinried is a writer, music-lover, gamer, and Black movie quote code-switcher. She'd love long walks on the beach if she didn't hate sand. Natalie is currently based in Brooklyn. See where her mental exhaust goes at @NatIsExtra on Twitter.