Anjali Enjeti discusses SOUTHBOUND and THE PARTED EARTH.
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Bhaswati Ghosh discusses her debut novel, VICTORY COLONY, 1950.
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Some people say dreams are a glimpse into an alternate reality. ...more
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Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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Faizullah drills language for meaning. ...more
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Soniah Kamal discusses her forthcoming novel, UNMARRIAGABLE.
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“I think the material itself should be calling the shots.”
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We thought we were in the black, but we’re dripping blood red. ...more
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A weekly roundup of indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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There is no singular Muslim story, no definitive identity for the entire religion. […] Here, four women discuss what it’s like to be a minority in America in 2017, post-9/11 and post-Trump. ...more
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A Kansas bookstore has sold a lot more than books to survive its 125 years. A French bookseller has turned a tiny house into a tiny bookstore and plans to travel the country selling books.
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Mohsin Hamid discusses his new novel,
Exit West, hope in fiction as a form of resistance, the necessity of learning to accept social change, and how much America and Pakistan have come to resemble each other. ...more
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1972: War was waging in Vietnam and kids were coming home in boxes. Hippes and yippies went clean for Gene McCarthy, but George McGovern won the democratic nomination. Tricky Dick Nixon was the one for the Republicans and the so-called Silent Majority. I was a sixteen-year-old runaway revolutionary of peace and love, living in a commune, […]
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Abeer Hoque talks about coming of age in the predominantly white suburbs of Pittsburgh, rewriting her memoir manuscript ten times, and looking for poetry in prose.
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The threat of perfunctory conversation looms. Raza reaches for his headphones, but it is too late. The man is already talking to him. ...more
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Maybe I can touch it and show it to you. If I convince you, we can call it real. And then perhaps it will be. ...more
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Monkey’s Paw in Toronto sells random books from a biblio-mat machine. A manhunt is on for a thief who stole two rare books in New York City. The last bookstore in Peshawar, Pakistan is closing. A Dallas, Texas bookstore is tricking people into buying books by making them sound like clickbait.
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To celebrate Small Business Saturday, President Obama shopped at Upshur Street Books in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington DC. Magers & Quinn, an independent Minneapolis bookseller, has been open on Thanksgiving for the last thirteen years—mostly to provide employees without family in the area a place to be during the holiday. Working isn’t mandatory and the […]
My money is no good here. I may wear the clothes or speak the language, but something in my manner always betrays me as foreign. Despite my chosen title, I do not belong in Brooklynstan. ...more
Part of [Gandhi’s] genius was he was able to broaden out the appeal of the independence movement…But the way he did it was by using Hindu iconography and stories, mythology…He was personally very unprejudiced about this..But for Muslims, ordinary Muslims, who would see this and listen to these speeches and so forth, he seemed like […]
Nazir lies buried in the mind’s forbidden faraways, on the margin of the village graveyard, obscured by nettle. ...more
In his review of Bilal Tanweer’s The Scatter Here is Too Great, Jess Row writes about the trauma that’s influenced so many of Pakistan’s novelists: Pakistan is a country where the fact of suffering is indeed irrefutable, whether we’re speaking of the horrific treatment of women and religious minorities, the use of terrorism — both […]
The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium is a weekly forum for discussing the tradition and future of text/image work. Open to the public, it meets Monday nights 7-9 p.m. EST in New York City.
Girls Write Now, an organization dedicated to offering creative opportunities to underserved and at-risk girls in New York City public high schools, just released a music video called “Ode to Malala.” The song is based on a poem written by one of the program’s participants, and honors Malala Yousafzai, the education activist from Pakistan who was […]
Pakistani writer Musharraf Ali Farooqi discusses his new novel,
Between Clay and Dust, how translation has informed his writing, and why the slender book took ten years to write. ...more
Granta has a stirring excerpt from Maria Choudhuri’s forthcoming memoir Beloved Strangers, about growing up in the capital of Bangladesh and then moving to New York. The excerpt starts to explore the topic of her parents’ arranged marriage and what it meant for her mother to trade in a music career for a domestic life in […]
Thirty-seven years after leaving the West London suburb—a psychic terrain as much as a geographical one—I can look back on it with something other than an anguished mix of tenderness and terror. ...more
Burnt Shadows is the most admirable new novel I have read in a long time, a work of astonishing naturalism, wisdom, and grace.
Much has been written recently about Pakistan, most of it having to do with George W. Bush’s War on Terror. Where exactly is bin Laden hiding? Is the Pakistani government doing enough to help find him? And what of A.Q. Khan? What does the Pakistani nuclear scientist’s release from house arrest tell us about the […]