Book Review: Good Will Come from the Sea

Book Review: Good Will Come from the Sea

by: Lingyue Zheng When a book pierces through a benign aura of an unfamiliar continent and storms in political thunders, rains of questionings and lightning of acute observations, it yearns to speak to readers about the fear and love for a country that runs so…

Visiting Writers’ Series: Ilya Kaminsky

Visiting Writers’ Series: Ilya Kaminsky

The Sound of Silence by: Lingyue Zheng “We are sitting in the audience, still. Silence, like a bullet that’s missed us, spins—” This is how Ilya Kaminsky ends Act II in Deaf Republic. A dash branches out to unknown possibilities and promises only an agonized…

Book Review: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

Book Review: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

By Austine Model People suggest books to me all the time. The moment I mention I write or study literature, the first impulse for many is to recommend a book or an author to me. While I, of course, appreciate this, I have more books…

Book Review: The Corpse Exhibition

Book Review: The Corpse Exhibition

By Will Schick Available for the first time in English, Hassan Blasim’s collection of short stories titled The Corpse Exhibition will twist your stomach into knots in a manner of sentences as it takes you on a topsy-turvy tour of life inside a modern war zone. You…

Book Review: Anagnorisis

Book Review: Anagnorisis

By Austine Elizabeth Chilton Model    Kyle Dargan’s fifth collection of poetry, Anagnorisis, came out this September. Prescient, reflective, and unapologetically aware, the collection confronts the reader with a sense of urgency coupled with a lack of effective and lasting agency. Anagnorisis succeeds in expressing…

Book Review: Read by Strangers

Book Review: Read by Strangers

  By  K. Tyler Christensen    At the 2011 Tin House Writers Workshop, Dorothy Allison delivered a talk called, “On Dialogue.” In her spirited voice, Allison asked: Shouldn’t story be something fucking happening? Without a doubt, in Philip Dean Walker’s second collection of short stories,…

On Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

On Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

By Nick Chhoeun   Nnedi Okorafor is our guest at tomorrow’s AU’s Visiting Writers Series event and to prepare, I’ve started reading her Binti series. Tara Campbell’s post gives a great overview of Okorafor’s life, writing, and thematic interests, but here, I’ll be looking more closely at Binti. …

Recommended Reading: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

Recommended Reading: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

By Nick Chhoeun Kafka on the Shore the fourth Haruki Murakami I’ve recently completed and it’s the second book post I’ve written about Murakami for Café. The first time I ever read one of Murakami’s books, I was hooked on his ability to include so many scenes,…

Book Review: Another City

Book Review: Another City

By Susan Bucci Mockler In his 1980 Nobel Lecture, Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz said that the poet’s true vocation is to contemplate Being. David Keplinger does exactly that in Another City, his fifth collection of poetry. The speaker of these poems is trying, through careful observation…

Book Review: Ben Lerner’s 10:04

Book Review: Ben Lerner’s 10:04

By Nick Chhoeun “The future which is necessarily a fiction—it literally hasn’t happened yet—so intensely determines the texture of the present. In that sense, we always live in relation to a fiction.” This is how Ben Lerner describes his 2014 novel, 10:04, in an interview with The Public…