Author Spotlight: Naomi Novik

I thought I was a big fairy tale buff, until I met one of my favorite authors, Naomi Novik, who totally has me beat. Novik is known for her Napoleonic-wars-but-with-dragons Temeraire series and her slavic folktale-infused novel Uprooted. This summer, I saw her on tour promoting her new book, Spinning Silver, a Rumpelstiltskin retelling. Continue reading “Author Spotlight: Naomi Novik”

Author Spotlight: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

To continue my series highlighting diverse authors I’ve seen speak, I would like to introduce the Nigerian feminist writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Known for her novels (Americanah, etc.), essays (Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions), and TEDTalks (We Should All Be Feminists), Adichie brings a necessary international perspective to discussions in race, gender, storytelling, and feminism.

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Author Spotlight: Amy Tan

Last autumn, I was lucky enough to attend a book signing by Amy Tan, promoting her new book Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir. As one of the big names writing about Asian American experiences, you may know her as the author of┬áThe Joy Luck Club, The Valley of Amazement, or even Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat. I use this “author spotlight” heading to profile authors I’ve met, new authors, diverse authors, or authors I just think everyone should know about. Below I will discuss some of the themes in Tan’s books and life that relate to diversity as well as some fun facts to paint a picture of her as more than just “that second-generation Chinese American who writes about moms and daughters.”

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