I can’t recall a single time that my father has told me about his journey through the mountains . . . It was just something that I picked up, some truth that I have always carried. ...more
We need fiction because fiction does not polarize. Fiction is based on understanding over judgment. ...more
Despite growing up in a predominately white suburb, my family never had a white dentist. ...more
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The ground trembles, setting his flesh and bones vibrating. ...more
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Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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SWANA writers share recommendations for what to read to gain perspective on the region.
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Sam Farahmand discusses his debut novel, CHIMERO.
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Your book is full of glorious limbos. ...more
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Always, when my father spoke to me in words I could not understand, my guilt spoke back. ...more
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Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde discusses her second novel, WHAT WE OWE.
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Rabeah Ghaffari discusses her debut novel, TO KEEP THE SUN ALIVE.
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An enjoyable and thought-provoking read, Moon Brow trades on its striking and unusual formal features to allude to the complexities and consequences of war. ...more
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Suleimenov the nomad, the climber of high walls of adventure. ...more
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Khakpour gathers courage, again and again, as she reaches into the most painful parts of her life, excavates them, and holds them up to the light. ...more
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Porochista Khakpour discusses her new memoir,
Sick, the difficulty of receiving good medical care, and the blessing of online community. ...more
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“I took a six or seven year break from sending out my own poems, just waiting for my abilities to catch up a bit with my ambitions.”
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Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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Though some readers of The Rumpus may not have heard of Nicky Nodjoumi, in his native Iran he has achieved the status of a rock star.
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Diasporic communities live inside a host nation, but they also live with difference. ...more
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This Los Angeles bookstore is confronting censorship in Iran with a focus on books banned in the nation. Zhongshu Bookstore in China is designed to wow customers with its bold interior.
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That a bumbling demagogue would be able to take this institutional racism and weaponize it is, then, not really a surprise. The seeds for this hate were planted a long time ago. ...more
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A massive bookstore, The Book Garden, has opened in Iran’s capital city, Tehran. The Huffington Post takes a look back at the Strand’s ninety years of successful bookselling in New York City. A Russian bookstore is helping customers learn Chinese.
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The strings of our DNA mark us as one, but it’s the roots of our memories that bind us. ...more
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Solmaz Sharif discusses her new collection
Look, the difference between nearness and similarity, and the level of ownership we have over stories. ...more
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The Rumpus Book Club chats with Jensen Beach about his short story collection
Swallowed by the Cold, suburbia in Sweden, quiet racism, and writing a series of connected short stories. ...more
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My racial awareness, perhaps even my awareness of myself as a person, self-consciousness, is a three-pronged paradox of shame, pride, and indifference. ...more
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Meline Toumani discusses her debut,
There Was and There Was Not, the rewards and risks of writing a political memoir, and what it means to approach a divided past and future. ...more
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A Paris bookseller writes about the terror attacks. Parisians, meanwhile, are responding to the terror attacks by buying up all the copies of Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. Iranian bookstores opened early on Thursday last week in a campaign to encourage reading in the country. A bookstore in Germany serves as a cultural hub for […]
This has been organised by the Frankfurt book fair and crosses one of our political system’s red lines. We consider this move as anti-cultural,” [Seyed Abbas Salehi, deputy minister for culture and Islamic guidance] said, according to local news agencies. “Imam Khomeini’s fatwa on this issue is reflective of our religion and it will never […]