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The Story of America Told Through the Words of James Baldwin

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”.

From Nigeria to London; Real Life Stories to Plays

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.

The Art of Capturing Taiwan; the Craft of Translating It

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.”

In the Heat and the Haze: Marguerite Duras’s Love Affair

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.”

Famiglia: a Tale Told Through Food

Food, over family, brings the characters together in Natalia Ginzburg’s 1977 dissection of the Roman middle-class.

From Southern California to Michigan to LA, Brit Bennett Writes Her Debut Novel ‘The Mothers’

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.

Review / Spain

“I gazed at the deep blue Mediterranean below the mountain and felt at peace.”

Sofia Papastergiadis, Hot Milk

The Lost Generation; Cafés in Paris

While Paris continues to be a city where writing and drinking are often deemed inseparable, Lucianne Tonti shares the city’s cafés bestowing literary fame.

Zadie Smith Takes Us to an ‘Ungentrifiable’ North West London

In this review of Zadie Smith’s narrative and experimental novel “NW,” Olivia Dennis introduces us to four 30-somethings born of their location—a diverse and divided district of London.

Working as a Literary Agent in New York—a City Where Books Live and Breathe

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.