“Ayşe Papatya Bucak's stories are wide-ranging and capacious, formally
playful, and moving. They speak on behalf of women who are subject to fate
and the tides of history. They speak of overcoming, of falling prey, of
overcoming again. They convey history's full force,...
"In this memoir, Brandon Shimoda, an American poet of Japanese descent, tells
the story of his family, starting with his grandfather, who was transformed
into an 'enemy alien' by World War II; and in doing so, tells a universal
story of the horrors of war both physical a...
Michelle Peñaloza’s ambitious and remarkable debut searches for a place to
anchor in spite of a rancorous world where we might have “began as crumbs
ferried in the beak of waxwings.” These poems read mythic yet contemporary
in their burst of bloom-song and bright blood stro...
"Wilk's debut novel is a strange, vivid thought experiment. In a near-future
Berlin, scientist Anja lives in an eco-settlement on an artificial mountain .
. . Anja’s quiet, shy analysis turns a critical eye to our future, asking
daring questions of how the desire to chan...
Host Jenna Yokoyama spoke with two members of the team behind the They Called
Us Enemy (Top Shelf, 2019), a graphic novel that tells the biographical
story of George Takei's experience with Japanese American concentration
camps. Featured are graphic artist Harmony Becker...
“Max Porter's innovative hybrid of fairy tale, fable, and myth cunningly
evokes the freewheeling fantasies of children at play. . . .The result is a
puckish celebration of imagination and free spirits rising above the buzz of
societal scolds and the anxieties of parental...
Portland author Renee Watson discusses her latest book, "Watch Us
Rise." This episode originally aired Feb 07, 2019 on Black Book Talk.
Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission--they're sick of the way
women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so...
“Like such eclectic predecessors as Philip K. Dick, James Tiptree, Jr.,
Jorge Luis Borges, Ursula K. Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, China
Miéville, and Kazuo Ishiguro, Ted Chiang has explored conventional tropes
of science fiction in highly unconventional wa...
“One of the first great novels of the year... In a narrative so sharp it
could draw blood, Miriam Toews' Women Talking asks an immense, weighty
question: How do women who have lived their entire lives in a society that
severely limits their agency act when suddenly needi...