The Vogue and The Paris Review Daily writer discusses style, books and her online literary salon Henry Review.

Book I'm reading now…

Ben Lerner's book of poems The Lichtenberg Figures. This morning I was making myself late, staring at my bookshelf, and my boyfriend was kind enough to shove it at me and send me out the door.



Book that changed my life…

Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel



Best beach read…

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris — he proves that even silly observations might contain a literary nugget worth mining.



Best guilty pleasure book...

Let's definitely not beat ourselves up over reading....



Best books to give…

You have to know whether you're giving a book for its cover or its contents. I enjoy matching both to the book's recipient.



Best coffee table book…

My Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount and Thessaly La Force. It is also a great book to give.



If I was stranded on a deserted island, the one book I would want with me…

Infinite Jest because a lot of people lie about having read it all, including me, and if I'm going to die on an island I want to achieve something rare, and then be able to say I lived honestly. Also, what a great blunt object for killing animals!



My style is…

My way to do something immediate with my ideas.



In this photo, I am wearing...

Tory's Sabe booties, Violet jacket, a vintage Halston slip, a cowboy belt, and bag by Libby Lane, a Texan accessories designer.



And my go-to style for book parties…

Flats! At fashion parties, everyone is taller than I am. But at literary parties, the visual axis is much lower. I can build an evening look around a pair of Birkenstocks or sneakers, which is pretty great.



The best fashion advice I've received...

I'm sort of against fashion advice unless it's solicited and specific. Style is performative and if you take too much advice you're not going to look like yourself!



And the best writing advice I've received…

After I turned in my first magazine piece, my boss told me to go home and have a glass of wine before draft two — you have to put some space between yourself and the work.



Katherine Bernard photographed by Mimi Ritzen Crawford