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August 1st, 2021


Writer Anthony Veasna So was a rising figure in the literary scene until he died in December. His stories captured the fullness of queer, Cambodian American life.
Author: Andrew Limbong
Posted: August 1, 2021, 11:46 am
It's a particular pleasure to see our splintered country through the eyes of Margarita Gokun Silver, a determined and appreciative emigree, in 'I Named My Dog Pushkin.'
Author: Martha Anne Toll
Posted: August 1, 2021, 10:01 am
Maggie Smith's new poetry collection considers the human tendency to search for universal truths — but she looks for those truths in things we can see every day, as ordinary as rosebushes and rocks.
Author: Jeevika Verma
Posted: August 1, 2021, 9:00 am
"Being Clem," the final book in the YA "Finding Langston" trilogy, follows a young boy during World War II after his father is killed. Scott Simon talks with author Lesa Cline-Ransome about it.
Posted: July 31, 2021, 1:46 pm
Scott Simon speaks with Claire Luchette about their debut novel, "Agatha of Little Neon." It's the story of four young nuns who are reassigned to a half-way house in Rhode Island.
Posted: July 31, 2021, 12:56 pm
Sometimes books can be a literal escape, not just a figurative one. Our critic Alethea Kontis recommends three fantasy novels that helped her along the way as she escaped an abusive relationship.
Author: Alethea Kontis
Posted: July 31, 2021, 11:00 am
Six Crimson Cranes and The River Has Teeth — two new July YA novels — both focus on monstrous mothers and folkloric family magic. But apart from that, they couldn't be more different.
Author: Caitlyn Paxson
Posted: July 31, 2021, 9:00 am
This summer, Code Switch is laser-focused on books that teach us about freedom. Today, we're in conversation with a romance novelist whose own identity helped inform a rich cast of characters.
Author: Alyssa Jeong Perry
Posted: July 30, 2021, 9:30 pm
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with writer Jaime Lowe about her new book, Breathing Fire, which tells the stories of the incarcerated women who are part of California's wildfire crews.
Author: Ailsa Chang
Posted: July 30, 2021, 7:48 pm
William Gardner Smith wrote the story of a Black writer who, like Smith himself, moved to Paris to pursue a freedom he couldn't find in America. New York Review Books is releasing a new edition.
Author: John Powers
Posted: July 30, 2021, 5:42 pm