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.

Tell Me How It Ends

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“I hear words spoken in the mouths of children, threaded in complex narratives.” At a 92nd Street Y event, Valeria Luiselli reads from her book Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions (Coffee House Press, 2017), which details her experience as an interpreter for undocumented Latin American children facing deportation.

Small Shoes

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“If there are fewer stars now / than when I was a child, / I can’t say / which are missing, / who was the last to see them.” Maggie Smith’s poem “Small Shoes” is adapted into a short film by director Kate Dolan for Motionpoems. Smith is the author of the poetry collection Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017), the title poem of which went viral on social media after it was first published online in the literary journal Waxwing.

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Rupi Kaur

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“I needed to pull readers in and every element mattered.” Poet Rupi Kaur speaks about her first book, Milk and Honey (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2015), and why she turned to Instagram to share her work with readers. Her second book, The Sun and Her Flowers, also published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, was released in 2017. Kaur is featured in “Instapoets Prove Powerful in Print” in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Dorthe Nors and Helena Kelly

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“There are so many women who are not married, and don’t have children, out there; there are so many of us but it’s still a bit provocative to write about.” In this interview for BBC News, Dorthe Nors talks about Jane Austen, writing about women, and her novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal (Graywolf Press, 2018), with Helena Kelly, author of the biography Jane Austen, the Secret Radical (Knopf, 2017).

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