My roommate is a big autograph hound. Since the news of my Clarion West attendance he has been collecting the instructors' books so I can get them autographed for him. The side-bonus is that I get to read them too!
I just finished Graham Joyce's "TWOC," a Clockwork-Orange type story with a much happier ending. I enjoyed the characters immensely and loved the British to American glossary at the back. I was hoping for some genre flavor, especially after the introduction of character Jake, but the narrative held me regardless.
I am now going through a collection of Michael Bishop short stories, "Brighten To Incandescence" (reading "13 Lies About Hummingbirds") and also have his novel "No Enemy But Time."
Nnedi Orakafor has an article in a recent Nebula Awards website, http://www.nebulaawards.com/index.php/guest_blogs/is_africa_ready_for_science_fiction/#When:22:22:01Z I think it's pretty general but a good beginning place for discussion. I also have her novel, "The Shadow Speaker."
Of course I read "Brasyl" a couple of years ago. Frenetic. Liked it. Voted it for the Hugo. :) Also read "The Djinn's Wife" in Asimov's these many years ago. But wait, there's more. Unfortunately, the list is at home :|. The roommate has a stack of Ian McDonald's works on top the bookshelf.
I *HATE* admitting that I have not read "China Mountain Zhang." Everyone talked about it that year but it kept falling to the bottom of my stack until ... I guess I best dig it out, huh? I swear I've read (or at least own) Maureen McHugh's collection, "Mothers and Other Monsters," because I try to buy from small presses at the cons; but if I have it, it's packed away in storage with all my other worldly good. Perhaps I can get the roommate to buy it again.
Not sure what to say about Ellen Datlow. I read the anthologies :). I've read her magazines. I ran into her at conventions and a few times at KGB in Manhattan (and try to avoid the camera she wields like an editor's red pen.) I think of all the instructors, I'm most terrified and anticipatory of her input. I mean, heck, she's THE editor.
So, what are you reading? (btw, my eyes hurt.)