The Hate U Give

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The Hate U Give (Balzer + Bray, 2017), the best-selling debut novel by Angie Thomas about a Black high school student who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a police officer and is subsequently drawn into activism, has been adapted into a feature film. Directed by George Tillman Jr., the film stars Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, and Amandla Stenberg.

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Maw Shein Win

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“Catch whispers in libraries. / Greet strangers with acorns and grapefruit. / Remember eyes, ghosts, smoke. / Watch brothers as they disappear.” Maw Shein Win reads several poems, including “Flower Instructions,” from her debut collection, Invisible Gifts (Manic D Press, 2018), for the Radar Reading series at the San Francisco Public Library in 2017. Win is featured in “5 Over 50” in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Memorable Writing Advice

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“Just keep going.” In this video from the 2017 Bay Area Book Festival, Literary Hub senior editor Emily Temple speaks to authors, including Michael Chabon, Vanessa Hua, Katie Kitamura, Paul Murray, Hannah Tinti, Ayelet Waldman, and Esmé Weijun Wang, about the best writing advice they have ever received.

Lesley Nneka Arimah

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Lesley Nneka Arimah speaks about investigating “the ways in which our past traumas inform our present selves” through her writing, and answers questions from readers about her debut story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky (Riverhead Books, 2017), for PBS NewsHour’s Now Read This book club, a partnership with the New York Times.

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Chiwan Choi

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“Until I discovered poetry, I didn’t think I would ever be able to express my life.” In this Poetry.LA interview, Chiwan Choi, cofounder of Writ Large Press, reads poems from his collection The Yellow House (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2017) and speaks about how his experiences as an immigrant have influenced his writing.

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Min Jin Lee on Pachinko

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“Fiction has the ability to expand people’s points of view, and also to have the contradictions...” In this video, Min Jin Lee answers questions from readers about her novel Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing, 2017) for PBS NewsHour’s Now Read This book club, a partnership with the New York Times.

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Conversations With Friends

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“I don’t want to prescribe how I think people should feel about it, although secretly I do have a particular response that I prefer.” Sally Rooney, author of the debut novel, Conversations With Friends (Faber & Faber, 2017), talks about reactions to the ambiguity of the book’s ending. Rooney is the winner of the 2017 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for the novel, which was also shortlisted for the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize.

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John Freeman

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“Even if what you’re writing seems boring to you...you’re preparing yourself for the moment when life or something else broadsides you and you need to write.” John Freeman, editor of the essay anthology Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation (Penguin Books, 2017), shares writing advice and what his favorite authors have in common.

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