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”
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.
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 The 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.”