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“Kenji Liu’s Monsters I Have Been writhes knotty tentacles through
textual boneyards," raves Douglas Kearny, "disturbing screenplays,
theoretical works, and literatures in their coffined-off sleeps... Sharp,
protean, dexterous, and discontent―Liu’s collection shows where th...
Host Ken Jones talks with Karen Russell, author of the new book Orange World
and Other Stories.
Orange World is Karen’s fifth book, following the novel Swamplandia!, the
novella Sleep Donation, and two collections of short fiction – St. Lucy’s
Home for Girls Raised by Wolv...
The lyrical prose of Sophia Shalmiyev’s memoir, Mother Winter, splits open
like layer after layer of an ornate matryoshka. With a mesmeric voice and
scathing vulnerability, Shalmiyev peels her past down to its hollow core: the
vacancy left by her absent mother. Across ti...
“Magical Negro is unsettlingly new: a book that incisively explores states
of black womanhood with astonishing buoyancy and grief. I can’t stop
thinking about the songs it sings, songs that feel inevitable and yet
unvoiced, complex and yet urgent; poems that are steeped ...
“The contemporary Latin American detective novel is a form that uses the
individual’s rollicking quest as a means of resistance against repressive
structures and the violences they engender. Cristina Rivera Garza’s The
Taiga Syndrome, in this stellar translation by Suzan...
Host Ken Jones talks with Meg Vogt, author of the new book of photographs
and poems MYKU: My Portland.
“MYKU” is what Meg calls her variations on the haiku form, a poem in
three lines of five, seven, and five syllables. The book pairs Meg’s
MYKU’s with photographs from her...
Host Ken Jones talks with Paul Skenazy, author of the new novel Temper CA,
from Miami University Press.
Paul’s essays, stories, and book reviews have appeared in a range of
newspapers and magazines, and he’s published critical work on noir writers
such as Dashiell Hammett,...
Host Ken Jones talks with Liz Scott, author of the new memoir This Never
Happened, from University of Hell Press.
Liz is a practicing psychologist in Portland, and a practicing writer. Her
work has appeared in The MacGuffin, New Stone Circle, and Lake Effect, among