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What an Author Looks Like: Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution

Last winter, at a packed open mic in Cambridge, I watched a young girl of Turkish descent stumble on stage. Glancing between the sheets of paper in her shaky hands and the audience, she lost her composure as she recounted a conversation with her father, earlier that day, about her safety as a Muslim. She explained that, yes, she was crying because she no longer felt safe, but mainly it was the pain she registered in her father’s face that made her sad

August 17, 2016 | Eve Bridburg

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What An Author Looks Like: Mia Alvar


In the Country is Mia Alvar’s debut collection of short stories. Alvar, a Filipina writer, grew up in Bahrain and New York City, and her stories explore what it means to be an immigrant in the Middle East and the U.S., what it is like to come back to the Philippines, and what it means to have never left yet still yearn for the concept of home

March 25, 2016 | Lauren Rheaume

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Mixed Race Experience in Celeste Ng's EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU

Not many characters in literature look like me. Half Chinese and half white, I'm used to reading about people who could occupy one half of my family tree, but rarely about the person who emerges where their branches join. I'm speaking about the mixed race experience: complex, elusive, and with a racial identity wholly separate from either person who birthed and raised you.

 

So I felt grateful and enriched to read Celeste Ng's masterfully constructed Everything I Never Told You. Many have praised the novel's confident drive, deft omniscience, and intricate storytelling, but I ...
December 1, 2015 | Sonya Larson

What an Author Looks Like: Brando Skyhorse

Every month for a year, a member of the Grub community will recommend a book they’ve loved by an author of color or another underrepresented author. We hope that by doing this we can contribute in our own small way to broadening the definition of what an author looks like. To find out why, check out our post, What Does an Author Look Like

September 4, 2015 | Alison Murphy

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What an Author Looks Like: Aminatta Forna

Every month for a year, a member of the Grub community will recommend a book they’ve loved by an author of color or another underrepresented author. We hope that by doing this we can contribute in our own small way to broadening the definition of what an author looks like. To find out why, check out our post, What Does an Author Look Like? On Race and WritingIn the first of the series, Shuchi Saraswat recommends Aminatta Forna.

July 31, 2015 | Shuchi Saraswat

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