Speaking to Mohsin Hamid on His New Novel

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Mohsin Hamid’s Novel ‘Exit West’ Raises Immigration Issues

Steve Inskeep talks to Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid, who examines the global refugee crisis in a new novel called Exit West. The book is part ripped from the headlines and part magic realism.

Listen to the interview @ NPR


Review of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee review – rich story of the immigrant experience

In the latter stages of Korean-American author Min Jin Lee’s patient, sprawling story of a Korean family in Japan, Nobuo Ban, one of the novel’s principal characters, allows himself a moment of reflection. He is living a “small, invisible life” in Nagano, Japan, in 1969 – a modest but respectable middle-class existence, with a wife and four children and a job as a manager of a gambling joint where customers play the pachinko machines that lend the novel its title. But Nobuo’s unchanging routine and determinedly detached manner hide a terrible secret that plagues him daily: he is not, in fact, Japanese, but Korean – born Noa Baek, the son of poor immigrants despised by the rest of Japanese society. His failure to commit himself emotionally to his wife is at odds with the totality of his dedication to Japanese language, culture and manners, and betrays not just a deep-seated fear of being unmasked but an acceptance of the impossibility of equality or redemption. “Though he valued his wife and children as a kind of second chance, in no way did he see his current life as a rebirth.”

Noa’s predicament is a terrifying embodiment of the anxieties of Koreans in Japan – he stands to lose his family and job if his true identity is revealed – and indeed of immigrants in general. His desire to assimilate is constantly tempered by the fear of rejection, a tension that works its way into virtually every scene in the novel.

Read further @ The Guardian

Infographic of Blockbusters from the Past

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Source: Electric Lit


Behold the 2017 Hugo Award Finalists

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The 2017 Hugo Award Finalists Are Here

The biggest science fiction and fantasy award announced this year’s finalists. The winners of the 2017 The Hugo Awards will be announced at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland, on August 11. Members of the society vote on the nominees and winners.

The Hugo Awards, which began in 1953, honor excellence in science fiction and fantasy. The awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, the editor who founded the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories in 1926. Check out the nominees:

Read further @ Goodreads

A New Generation of Afrofuturists

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Whence the “Afro” in “Afrofuturism”? In the 1994 interview with Samuel R. Delaney that inaugurated the term, Mark Dery defines Afrofuturism as “speculative fiction that treats African American themes and addresses African American concerns in the context of 20th-century technoculture—and, more generally, African American signification that appropriates images of technology and a prosthetically enhanced future.” This would suggest that the “Afro” in Afrofuturism is the “Afro” in the old-school census classification, “Afro-American” rather than, say, the “Afro” in the newer-fangled “Afropolitan,” the word that Taiye Selasi coined in 2005 for “the newest generation of African emigrants … [with a] funny blend of London fashion, New York jargon, African ethics, and academic successes … ethnic mixes … cultural mutts … multilingual … Africans of the world.”

Read further @ Literary Hub

Nigerian Writer on her Debut Novel

•1,March 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Baileys longlist author Ayòbámi Adébáyò, and London book fair – books podcast

Nigerian writer Ayòbámi Adébáyò pops into the studio to talk about her debut novel Stay With Me, and we look at what’s happening at the London book fair.

Read further @ The Guardian

Youngster Celebrates Black Books

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11-Year-Old Starts Club For Young Black Boys To See Themselves In Books

An 11-year-old from St. Louis wants to celebrate black books and improve the literacy rate among other boys at the same time.

Sidney Keys III started his own reading club for boys called Books N Bros to show his peers that reading can be fun.

Sidney told radio program St. Louis on the Air” earlier this month that “every time I go to the library at my school, there aren’t many African American literature books there.” After a visit to EyeSeeMe, a bookstore in University City, Missouri, that promotes African American children’s literature, he yearned to see more of himself reflected in books.

Read further @ Huffington Post

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