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Claiming Space for the Self: Limitation and Liberation

What does it mean to unapologetically take up space when your body is different from everyone else's? Born with the rare congenital condition sacral agenesis, Chloé Cooper Jones (Easy Beauty) learned to cope with her physical pain—and the…
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Writing a Path Out of Darkness: Writers on Mourning

Grief: one of the most complicated, isolating, yet potentially healing states a person can experience, it often defies description. These authors’ stories, whether drawn from lived experience or imagination, give voice to the unspeakable parts…
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The Last Wild Horses: Maja Lunde on Her "Climate Quartet"

Horses hold a special mystique: poetry in motion, wildness and discipline in equal measure, an untamed spirit tempered by sculptural beauty and lightning-bolt speed. What if the most beautiful of the world's horses were to go extinct? Maja Lunde,…
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"Tell Me the Story of Your Body": Emily Rapp Black and Jan Grue on Creativity and Disability

“This is not a story about survival. It is not about how I became a human, but rather how I came to understand that I already was human.” So writes Norwegian author Jan Grue, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at age three. In…
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"We Read in Order to Come to Life": Grief, Joy, and the Magic of Literary Form

How do writers assemble words in a way that lifts them beyond their literal meaning to speak what can’t really be said? These three writers are masters. In her novel Checkout 19, Claire-Louise Bennett (whose words are quoted in this program’s…
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The Secrets of Being an Extraordinary Woman: Three Authors on Ambition, Adventure, and Equality

Who says women can’t have it all? Get inspired by a powerful trio from Finland, Iceland, and the United States whose new books radically redefine pathways to happiness and a better society. In her research-based book, Lara Bazelon liberates…
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The Fierce Voice of Nature: Three Astonishing New Novels from Around the World

From Japan, Norway and Spain come authors whose conjurings of flora and fauna, mountain and sea, shimmer on the page so powerfully that nature is the most powerful character of all--for good or ill. Catalan novelist Irene Solà’s debut, When…
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What It Means to Be Human: Memoirs Rooted in Nature

Three remarkable writers remind us how close we really are to nature, and how wildness speaks a universal language of love, loss, grief, and change. The essays in Suzanne Roberts’ Animal Bodies interrogate how landscapes, ranging from the…
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New Writing from Ireland

Ireland has been the source of some of the most exhilarating and subversive new fiction in recent years, and these are three of its shining stars. Claire-Louise Bennett made a splash with her debut collection, Pond, and more than delivers on…
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Nordic Noir

Get a pleasant chill in your bones with these jewels of the noir crown, rife with suspense as sharp as the ice in a fjord. The rights to Camilla Sten’s terrifying and internationally acclaimed The Lost Village have been sold to nineteen territories…