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The Committed: Viet Thanh Nguyen on Betrayal and Belonging

Viet Thanh Nguyen burst onto the literary scene with The Sympathizer, an "intelligent, relentlessly paced and savagely funny" (Wall Street Journal) debut novel that won 2016's Pulitzer Prize in fiction.  The world has been waiting ever since…
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Scottish dispatches: the new generation

This is a unique time to be thinking about and responding to Scottish identity, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival is proud to present an exciting selection of writers who are heralding a new generation of Scottish literature. In…
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From United Arab Emirates: Literary fiction – on the edge

Cutting-edge literary fiction has been set alight this year with some extraordinary debut novels published by exciting young authors. Join two trailblazers whose uncompromising work has entranced readers, reviewers and prize judges. Delve into…
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From Norway: Rediscoveries in life and literature

A true Bergener – both proud of and spiteful about his city – is author Tomas Espedal, who has written extensively about Bergen life and rain. Author Karl Ove Knausgård lived in Bergen for many years and will read from his latest novel…
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The Emperor of Lies: A Masterwork of Holocaust Fiction

"It would seem difficult," says the New York Times Book Review, "after so much retelling, to write a freshly felt, fully absorbing novel about the Holocaust—and yet that is precisely what Steve Sem-Sandberg has done." Coming to us from Sweden,…
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Love: Falling into It, Losing It, and Finding It Again

All kinds of love — romantic passion, parental affection, deep companionship with a friend — can transform life and make anything seem possible. But losing love is devastating. How does love grow, what happens when it is lost, and how do…
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First Person Singular: Barry Gifford's Writers

A world premiere staged reading of Writers, the new play by Barry Gifford, author of numerous books and screenwriter of David Lynch's Lost Highway and Wild at Heart. Ten legendary (if rumored) meetings between writers (Beckett, Borges, Bowles,…
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Word For Word: Alice Munro’s “The Office”

Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, is a master of the short story. Here is an excerpt from Word For Word’s production of “The Office” from Munro’s first collection. A young housewife is convinced that an office of one’s…
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Round the World Taste of Fiction

Travel the world without leaving your seat; leap throughout time. These fiction writers take us from the mid-1950s Texas-Mexico border to the Himalayan foothills, from Indian palaces to aboriginal Australia to contemporary family homes in F…
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New Voices, New Stories: Stellar Debuts Not to be Missed

There’s nothing more exciting than the best new voices in fiction, and the presence of the debut novel has never been stronger. Hear from these marvelous writers, moderated by Book Passage’s Bill Petrocelli, and make some terrific reading…