In Midnight in Cairo , the lives of the enterprising divas are interlinked. ...more
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Musa Okwonga discusses IN THE END, IT WAS ALL ABOUT LOVE and ONE OF THEM.
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Sonora Jha discusses her new book, HOW TO RAISE A FEMINIST SON.
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What does it mean to be free? ...more
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I say the world is on fire. I say I’m seeing things. ...more
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Jenny Bhatt discusses her debut story collection, EACH OF US KILLERS.
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History itself is not so conveniently tidy, and neither is this book. ...more
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How does a fictional account come to stand in for history? ...more
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Lyz Lenz discusses her debut book, GOD LAND.
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Ali Fitzgerald discusses her new graphic memoir, DRAWN TO BERLIN.
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Natalie Singer discusses her debut memoir, CALIFORNIA CALLING.
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Sabina Murray discusses the novel
Valiant Gentleman, writing characters that are fundamentally different from herself, and confronting issues of colonization. ...more
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Well, it’s been one week under the Trump administration, and already we are living in a land of “alternative facts.” After Kellyanne Conway used the term to defend Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s falsehoods regarding the inauguration crowd size on Sunday, the American people were, understandably, reminded of George Orwell’s 1984, and sales of the book […]
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Michael Gove, Britain’s Education Secretary, is rewriting Britain’s public school curriculum to be more British. To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and The Crucible are among the titles being dropped from required reading lists. “I put this in the context of what’s going on in Europe and the world at large, which is […]