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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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Literature Live Around the World

Ever wondered what book-lovers are reading, writing, caring about in Afghanistan? Nigeria? Jamaica? Argentina? On February 12, 2021, join an intimate, fascinating virtual view into “other states, other lives, other souls.”  Literature…
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From Jamaica: Fruishon

When things come together so beautifully that one cannot imagine a world without it, a word adopted by Rastafarians wisdom speakers comes to mind, "fruition”, or better still, "fru-i-shon". Calabash has become, by its existence and its persistence,…
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Books, magazines, and pirate stores: writing and activism in California and beyond

From the Beat poets of the 1950s to Summer of Love musicians and Silicon Valley innovators, California's San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for bold and often irreverent pioneers. The region’s contemporary literary scene is no exception. Once…
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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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Live from Perth/Whadjuk Noongar Boodja

The year 2020 has been a time of chaos and uncertainty. It began in Australia with raging wildfires and devastating floods. The pandemic followed. In this conversation with Gillian O’Shaughnessy, award-winning Noongar author Kim Scott reflects…
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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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True Stories, Told Exceedingly Well

What do we mean when we demand that a story be “truthful”? Are we concerned more with factual accuracy, or do we crave a deeper, more figurative truth grounded in sensations perhaps exaggerated? Consider Exhibit A: Two titles, one about…
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The Comedy of Existence

What makes a book funny? How can different kinds of humor (e.g. satire, hyperbole, and irony) be used as a tool to combat troubles such as political fanaticism or racial intolerance? These writers all find in humor a way to highlight the absurdities…
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From Bodice Rippers to Trailblazers: Feminism through Romance

Romance is one of the most maligned genres of the literary world, despite being a billion-dollar business. Maybe it’s because the books are written by, about, and for women. Misogyny at work? Who’s to say? But unlike other literature, romance…