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The Writer and I

For many in my generation, living and breathing amidst the colonial ruins and ebbing pride of Calcutta, Amitav Ghosh was the first writer in English to write about the everyday life that we lived. The first writer to write of the streets we took, the bookstores we shopped in, the distinguished poverty we lived in, … The post The Writer and I appeared first on The Millions.

How James Fenimore Cooper Redefined Pioneer

Pioneer. The word often evokes esteem and reverence here in America, and those bold enough to earn the honorific are vaulted to an almost holy, prophet-like status. We cheer technological pioneers like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates; extol political pioneers such as Jeannette Rankin and Barack Obama. Show More Summary

Dear Claire: On Letters From My Readers

I started writing in isolation. For me, it was the natural result of reading too much: those extra words bred in the pools between my ears, multiplying and evolving, and finally spilled out of me in a tidal rush. I read everything when I was young. I loved the privacy of being a reader, and … The post Dear Claire: On Letters From My Readers appeared first on The Millions.

In Praise of Unfinished Novels

Several years ago, I spent a summer traveling back and forth between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., to visit the Ralph Ellison papers stored at the Library of Congress. I had long been enthralled by Invisible Man, Ellison’s seminal 1952 novel of race and identity in the waning years of Jim Crow. Show More Summary

Writing Isn’t a Career, It’s a Mission: An Interview with André Aciman

I interviewed André Aciman in his Upper West Side apartment on a bright July morning. His book Call Me by Your Name has recently been adapted in a film directed by Luca Guadagnino, which is already a hit. His last novel, Enigma Variations,...Show More Summary

Literary Citizenship: How to Handle Rejection and Nurture Emerging Voices

Around Christmas, LitHub put up their round-up of The Most-Rejected Books of All Time (Of Those That Were Eventually Published), and the literary Internet chimed in—I chimed in, too, sharing that my forthcoming novel had been rejected 98 times. Show More Summary

Tuesday New Release Day: Robinson; Schwehn; Sachdeva; Westover; Lee

Out this week: What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson; The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn; All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva; Educated by Tara Westover; and The Undressing by Li-Young Lee. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Show More Summary

The Literary Identity

“Being someone who’s an outsider, there are so many ways in which the world acts on you or assigns narratives to you.” Literary Hub interviews author Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi about literature, identity, and her new novel, Call Me Zebra. From our archives:  Nur Nasreen Ibrahim‘s review of Call Me Zebra. The post The Literary Identity appeared first on The Millions.

The Year of Only Publishing Women

“When author Kamila Shamsie challenged the book industry to publish only women in 2018 to help address a gender imbalance in literature, just one publisher took up the challenge.” And Other Stories, an English publisher who publish translations and English language books, has decided to only publish women writers in 2018, according to the BBC. Show More Summary

First He Marched, Now He’ll Run

“But the civil rights movement didn’t stop in Selma.” In a follow-up to March, his award-winning graphic novel trilogy, Congressman John Lewis will have a new series published later this year by Abrams ComicArt, according to Time. Run,...Show More Summary

Unchecked Complacency and Privilege: On Prayaag Akbar’s ‘Leila’

The first day of this year marked an important event for the Dalit community in India. Historically marginalized by the caste system, where a Brahmin is ascribed the status of priest and scholar of religious texts, and the Dalits (formerly...Show More Summary

Myths and Fables: On Sexual Violence in Fiona Mozley’s ‘Elmet’

Elmet, Fiona Mozley’s sparse stunner, contracts where other debut novels might tell too much. Departing from current narrative conventions of dialogue-heavy realism, Elmet strips a mythic, unnerving fable down to its bones. Ex-hitman...Show More Summary

On Imitation

The first time I stole, I was told it was wrong. It was borrowed from a Garfield cartoon—one character says, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” and then in the next panel, a dictionary falls on his head. I thought it was funny; I included it in one … The post On Imitation appeared first on The Millions.

Motherhood as Muse

1. We were living in Philadelphia with our twin 13-month-old daughters when one night I returned from the store to find my husband holding E, her face blue. Her arms and legs made a slow but steady jerk jerk jerk, only her eyes were closed and when we lifted her lids the pupils darted back … The post Motherhood as Muse appeared first on The Millions.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution to Read More

It’s the first week of February and I’ve already failed in my resolution to read more books. Between the ever-accelerating news cycle, snow days, weekend road trips, and the three-month-old baby who is smile-drooling by my side as IShow More Summary

Two Epic Love Stories for Black History Month, and Every Other Month Too

This year, after 40 years, I finally learned how Black History Month came to be. It emerged out of the efforts of a former slave named Richard Robert Wright Sr. He thought that February 1, the day Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment...Show More Summary

Self-Discovery and the Limitations of Literature: On ‘Call Me Zebra’

Near the beginning of the novel Call Me Zebra, the narrator, an Iranian-American woman, arrives in Barcelona to retrace journeys she made as a refugee with her father. She panics at the prospect of revisiting her past, but calms down...Show More Summary

An Intimate Eclipse

1. In August, my family traveled to Kansas to be in the path of totality for the eclipse. We decided to watch from a farm on the Platte River. My husband, Nick, and I would be traveling from Connecticut with my parents; our two-and-a-half-year-old...Show More Summary

Tuesday New Release Day: Emezi; Goldberg; Nathan; Macy; Vlautin; Rothman-Zecher; Dolnick

Out this week: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi; The Château by Paul Goldberg; Some Hell by Patrick Nathan; Mrs. by Caitlin Macy; Don’t Skip Out on Me by Willy Vlautin; Sadness Is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher; and The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick. Show More Summary

2018 Caldecott, Newberry Winners and More Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of the 2018 Youth Media Awards including the John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature; the Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished...Show More Summary

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