"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...
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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...