We talk to the authors of A SECRET SISTERHOOD
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Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney forged a friendship based on mutual admiration and the same aim: to become a (published) writer.
They met as English language teachers in rural Japan in the summer of 2001. Over the years, they workshopped one another’s stories, shared publishing opportunities, taught together, and encouraged one another to keep writing.
“We’d had some successes, but we weren’t getting anywhere particularly fast,” Midorikawa says (Kirkus reached the pair by phone in London). “This eventually ...
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Already a successful software developer and bestselling writer in Israel, Yoav Blum decided to bring his work to a global audience through self-publishing. In 2010 he released an English translation of a short story collection and then, just last spring, offered his biggest Hebrew-language hit, The Coincidence Makers,to American audiences. The book follows a group of people working as literal agents of fate—trained by a large, supernatural employer to create coincidences and affect the future. Blum’s whimsical book ...
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On December 6, 2012, a Wyoming ranch worker and year-round hunter crunched his way across a snowy stretch of national forest and, having paid twelve dollars for a license for the privilege, shot a wolf to death with a long-range rifle. The kill was legal, sanctioned by a law permitting the “harvesting” of wolves outside Yellowstone National Park. But it immediately brought heated criticism of the hunter, who was at first unidentified in press reports, and of the whole business ...
You may have read it in the New York Times Magazine: on Monday, November 4, 2013, Sasha Fleischman, 18, a senior at a private high school in Oakland, California, was set on fire by Richard Thomas, 16, a junior at Oakland High School, on the AC Transit 57 bus.
Dashka Slater wrote it after hearing of the horrifying crime from her neighborhood email list.
“The story took place really close to where I live,” says Slater, author of ...
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New Orleans native C. Morgan Babst evacuated one day before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Three post-apocalyptic images never left her: a grim waterline, pervasive gray mud, and spray-paint X-codes tattooed by rescue crews—declaring how many saved, how many dead in every building. These visions haunt her eloquent, elegiac debut novel, The Floating World.
“I couldn’t not write this book,” says Babst, who Kirkus reached by phone at home in New Orleans, where she now lives with her husband ...
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Roben Farzad’s Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami is a rip-roaring ride through South Florida’s heyday of Kafkaesque excess: the 1980s.
“I want it to transport you,” says Farzad, host of Full Disclosure on NPR One and a Miami native. “I want to give you a sense of place. I want all of us—because I was four, five years old when a lot of this went down—to feel like a fat mosquito on the ...
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There was a question that Antonio Iturbe just couldn’t get out of his head. Tucked away in Alberto Manguel’s The Library at Night, amid detailed accounts of the world’s most famous libraries, such as that at Alexandria and Washington, D.C.’s Library of Congress, he’d come across mention of a secret library that was maintained in the most unexpected of places: Auschwitz-Birkenau.
“How was it possible to have a library in the middle of hell?” he wondered.
Richard Brautigan’s Trout Fishing in America at 50
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If you’ve ever cast a line in some fine stream in quest of the elusive Salmo trutta, such as the wily German browns who live out my way, then you already know this truth: most trout are smarter than most people.
That’s trout fishing in America.
And then there’s Trout Fishing in America, Richard Brautigan’s hippie ur-text, published on Oct. 12, 1967, as the Summer of Love was fading and a new, more terrifying time was on the horizon. Born ...