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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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Talking Single Motherhood, Community, and Black Girl Magic with Novelist Jayne Allen

Single mothers: they’ve been stigmatized, sidelined, and called superheroes and saints—sometimes in the same breath. Novelist Jayne Allen, with Black Girls Must be Magic, gives us a portrait of single motherhood by choice that upends all…
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Jasmine Guillory: By the Book

Could you use a little romance right about now? New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory’s protagonists are the kind of whip-smart, complicated, hilarious women you’d want to be friends with in real life. Her latest “swoon-worthy”…
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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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The End of Everything: Geoff Dyer and David Thomson on Aging and Other Disasters

Few writers make us laugh–and think–as much as “effortlessly erudite” (The Boston Globe) polymath and self-described “malcontent” Geoff Dyer, whose dizzying scope of knowledge and passion ranges from jazz to photography to cinema…
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The Art of Translation

To translate an author’s work—staying faithful to their vision, style, and message, in a language not their own—is to assume an awesome responsibility: one that hasn’t always gotten its just due as an art form. Four of today’s most…
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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: Karen Joy Fowler and Lee Kravetz on Art and Life

Don’t miss this conversation between two novelists channeling the worlds and minds of two of history’s most mythologized figures. With Booth, Karen Joy Fowler (author of the bestselling Jane Austen Book Club and a Booker Prize finalist for…
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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 Writer: Written on the Body

Bodies in motion and at rest, bodies in ecstasy or in pain, bodies in solitude or in relation to others—how do writers represent the physicality of the human body, in all its frailty and its grace? That’s one of the questions we’ll explore…