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Short Stories: In Search of Belonging

What makes short stories so special (and so hard to write)? They deliver a gut-punch emotional payoff in the fewest possible words. What is this literary magic? A virtuoso of the genre will shed light on this, and so much more. Short-story maestro…
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Writer to Writer: Nadifa Mohamed and Douglas Stuart

Join two of the most exciting contemporary novelists to be recognized by the world’s most prestigious literary award, the Booker Prize. Douglas Stuart won in 2020 for his heart-stopping Shuggie Bain. The following year, Nadifa Mohamed became…
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Writer to Translator: Chilean Poet

Next to the writer/editor relationship, the writer/translator relationship is the most intimate and significant creative pairing there is. Transcending oceans and cultures, it can’t exist without trust, understanding, and a bond that is both…
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Noir at the Bar

An in-person festival staple returns at long last! Time to savor the eerie ambience of foggy alleys, enigmatic clues, and hard-boiled detecting—and the drinks they pair with beautifully. Nordic noir superstars Thomas Enger (Unhinged), Carin…
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Keep Calm and Go Quietly Mad

With book titles like “Wife with Knife: Stories that Cut” (by Molly Giles), “The Man With Eight Pairs of Legs” (by Leslie Kirk Campbell), and “The Fell” (by Sarah Moss), it’s clear you’re not going to have a typical reading experience.…
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Conversation with Jokha Alharthi, International Booker Prize Winner

The first Arab writer to win the International Booker (in 2019 for her novel Celestial Bodies), Jokha Alharthi explores one of the most compelling topics in our time: how radical and breakneck social change plays out within families, and indeed…
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Revolution and Resilience: Global Politics in Fiction

Three supremely talented writers with a global perspective will open our eyes to historical and contemporary cycles of oppression and resistance as only the best fiction writers can. NoViolet Bulawayo was a National Book Foundation “5 under…
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Motherhood, the Glorious Earthquake

Motherhood is such a transformative experience in a woman’s life—in her body, psyche, place within the generations—that it’s the rare writer who can capture its complexities. Today we present three. Mexican essayist Jazmina Barrera’s…
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Literature Live Around the World 2022

Literature Live Around the World Ever wondered what book-lovers like yourself are reading, and what writers are creating, in Hungary? Botswana? Canada? China? On February 5, 2022 (with chaptered replay available a few days after the event),…
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Splitting the World Open: An International Roundtable of Dangerous Women Writers

In 1968, poet Muriel Rukeyser famously wrote, “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” More than half a century later, women themselves feel split into a million pieces. This past year has…