Gone to the Forest

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“The idea was to use a kind of fragmented approach to talking about colonialism...because I think that’s increasingly the way we think about and access historical narratives.” In this video, Katie Kitamura talks about the structural choices behind her second novel, Gone to the Forest (Free Press, 2012). Kitamura’s most recent novel, A Separation (Riverhead Books, 2017), tells the story of the end of a marriage and a husband gone missing in Greece.

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The Longshot

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This clip presents one element in the making of the cover of Katie Kitamura’s debut novel, The Longshot (Free Press, 2009), which features a photo of the tattooed knuckles of the author’s brother, whose background in mixed martial arts was an inspiration for the subject of the novel. Kitamura’s latest novel, A Separation, is out now by Riverhead Books.

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Books Featuring Refugees

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In this video, Book Riot offers six recommendations for books that feature refugees including Girl at War (Random House, 2015) by Sara Novi­ć, Inside Out and Back Again (Harper, 2011) by Thanhha Lai, and Exit West (Riverhead Books, 2017) by Mohsin Hamid.

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Books for Living

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“For me, books are the things that tell you what you need to do in life and they’re also the things that help you make sense of your life.” Will Schwalbe, author of Books for Living (Knopf, 2016), speaks with PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown about the importance of reading and the books that have taught him life lessons such as Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train (Riverhead Books, 2015), James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room (Dial Press, 1956), and Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon (Knopf, 1977).

The Handmaiden

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The Handmaiden, directed by Park Chan-wook, is a South Korean film adaptation of Sarah Waters’s crime novel Fingersmith (Riverhead Books, 2002). The film, which premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, transfers the setting of the Victorian era story—about an orphaned pickpocket hired to pose as a maid for a wealthy heiress—to Korea under Japanese colonial rule in the 1930s.

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The Girl on the Train

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The feature film adaptation of British author Paula Hawkins's best-selling thriller, The Girl on the Train (Riverhead Books, 2015), relocates the novel from London to New York and follows a woman who becomes entangled in a mystery. Directed by Tate Taylor with a screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson, the film stars Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, and Laura Prepon.

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez

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“It took me a very long time to learn how to write about Colombia.” At the 2015 National Book Festival, Juan Gabriel Vásquez speaks with PBS NewHour’s Jeffrey Brown about his literary influences and journey to write stories about Colombia, where he was born. Vásquez’s fourth novel, Reputations (Riverhead Books, 2016), is featured in Page One in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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