Her short stories captured the attention of Lena Dunham, and then readers worldwide. Jenny Zhang speaks to Shu-Ling Chua about writing ‘Sour Heart’, her relationship with New York and Shanghai, and how she’s needed to carve her own path.
As a documentary on one of America’s most prolific writers makes its way to the big screen, Heidi Harrington-Johnson reflects on the life of Joan Didion—a woman who lived in, understood, and eloquently wrote about two of America’s most revered cities.
Max Hayward draws our attention to past and present race relations in America through the powerful and poetic words of civil rights activist and writer James Baldwin in the essayistic documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’.
Nigerian-British playwright, performer and poet Inua Ellams speaks with Beth Wilkinson about the influence of hip hop, the timeliness of his work in a Brexit/Trump era and translating his own experiences with race, religion and immigration into his performances.
Anna Snoekstra speaks with author Wu Ming-Yi and his translator Darryl Sterk about language, Taiwan’s history and the translation of Ming-Yi’s latest novel “The Stolen Bicycle.”
The real life affair of writer Marguerite Duras in 1930s French Indochina (former Vietnam) challenged gender, social and racial stereotypes. Nearly a century later, Rachel Wilson revisits this transgressive yet ever-intoxicating relationship in Duras’s award-winning novel “The Lover.”
Brit Bennett speaks about growing up in Southern California, writing her debut novel “The Mothers” from coffee shops in LA, and her desire for “mobile happiness,” where she can be happy living anywhere.
In this review of Zadie Smith’s narrative and experimental novel ‘NW,’ Olivia Dennis introduces us to four thirty-somethings born of their location—a diverse and divided district of London.
Novelist Anna Snoekstra turns the tables on her literary agent, MacKenzie Fraser-Bub, to discover the city’s literary highlights, what she’s looking for in a manuscript, and the hidden parks where one can find a little solitude.