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Rushdie on Censorship and Writing


“My desire to be a writer was entirely to do with the love of the power of the imagination, imagining worlds, creating worlds for readers to inhabit.” In this 60 Minutes video, Salman Rushdie speaks about the dangers of censorship, how he would like to be remembered, and what inspires him to keep writing. 

Julia Lee in Conversation With Hua Hsu


“When you see injustice, you have to bite back.” In this Books Are Magic event, Julia Lee reads from her memoir, Biting the Hand: Growing Up Asian in Black and White America (Henry Holt, 2023), and joins author Hua Hsu for a conversation about healing from family trauma, Asian American rage and shame, and lessons learned from teaching literature to college students.

Curtis Chin In Conversation With Dominic Lim


In this live event at Green Apple Books in San Francisco, Curtis Chin reads from his debut memoir, Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant (Little, Brown, 2023), and speaks about growing up as a Chinese American son of restaurateurs in Detroit with author Dominic Lim. For more from Chin, read his installment of our Ten Questions series.

Viet Thanh Nguyen on Writing His Memoir


“I had to pretend I was someone else writing about me to gain some distance from myself because part of the subject of this book is how difficult it is for us to know ourselves.” Viet Thanh Nguyen talks about his family’s struggles and traumas, and the challenges of writing his new book, A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, a History, a Memorial (Grove Atlantic, 2023), in this PBS NewsHour interview with Jeffrey Brown. Nguyen’s memoir is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Safiya Sinclair on Her Debut Memoir


Safiya Sinclair reads from her debut memoir, How to Say Babylon (37 Ink, 2023), and speaks with poet Airea D. Matthews for this event recorded at the Free Library of Philadelphia. A profile of Sinclair by Renée H. Shea is featured in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Eirinie Carson on The Dead Are Gods


Eirinie Carson talks about her debut memoir, The Dead Are Gods (Melville House, 2023), which was inspired by the sudden loss of a close friend, in this conversation with author Savala Nolan at the Booksmith bookstore in San Francisco. Carson is featured in “The New Nonfiction 2023” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Andrew Leland on The Country of the Blind


In this short video, Andrew Leland walks through the streets of Northampton, Massachusetts, and introduces his debut book, The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight (Penguin Press, 2023), in which he writes about his experience with vision loss. Leland is featured in “The New Nonfiction 2023” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Leah Myers on Thinning Blood


“I was born to tell my story and the story of my people, to make everyone aware that we exist still, that we breathe still.” In this virtual Charis Circle event, Leah Myers reads from her debut memoir, Thinning Blood: A Memoir of Family, Myth, and Identity (Norton, 2023), and discusses how Native folklore informed the structure of her book in a conversation with author Kung Li Sun. Myers is featured in “The New Nonfiction 2023” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Kate Flannery in Conversation With Amanda Montell


“I was in Los Angeles for less than a month before I got scouted for a cult.” In this Zibby’s Bookstore event, Kate Flannery speaks with Amanda Montell and reads from her debut memoir, Strip Tees: A Memoir of Millennial Los Angeles (Henry Holt, 2023), which is featured in Page One in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.


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