The Writer and I

https://themillions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Amitav_Ghosh_33426391322-1.jpg For many in my generation, living and breathing amidst the colonial ruins and ebbing pride of Calcutta, Amitav Ghosh was the first writer in English to write about the everyday life that we lived. The first writer to write of the streets we took, the bookstores we shopped in, the distinguished poverty we lived […]

How James Fenimore Cooper Redefined Pioneer

https://images.amazon.com/images/P/0140390065.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg Pioneer. The word often evokes esteem and reverence here in America, and those bold enough to earn the honorific are vaulted to an almost holy, prophet-like status. We cheer technological pioneers like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates; extol political pioneers such as Jeannette Rankin and Barack Obama. Then there are the archetypal pioneers, the […]

Dear Claire: On Letters From My Readers

https://themillions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/mail-1923198_1920.jpg I started writing in isolation. For me, it was the natural result of reading too much: those extra words bred in the pools between my ears, multiplying and evolving, and finally spilled out of me in a tidal rush. I read everything when I was young. I loved the privacy of being a reader, […]

In Praise of Unfinished Novels

https://themillions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Screen-Shot-2018-02-20-at-12.18.11-PM.png Several years ago, I spent a summer traveling back and forth between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., to visit the Ralph Ellison papers stored at the Library of Congress. I had long been enthralled by Invisible Man, Ellison’s seminal 1952 novel of race and identity in the waning years of Jim Crow. But I wasn’t […]

Tuesday New Release Day: Robinson; Schwehn; Sachdeva; Westover; Lee

[og_img] Out this week: What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson; The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn; All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva; Educated by Tara Westover; and The Undressing by Li-Young Lee. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to help The Millions keep churning out great books coverage? Then become a member today. The post Tuesday […]

Literary Citizenship: How to Handle Rejection and Nurture Emerging Voices

https://themillions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/rejected.jpg Around Christmas, LitHub put up their round-up of The Most-Rejected Books of All Time (Of Those That Were Eventually Published), and the literary Internet chimed in—I chimed in, too, sharing that my forthcoming novel had been rejected 98 times. The reality of rejection is not a new topic for lit mags or bookish media, […]

The Year of Only Publishing Women

[og_img] “When author Kamila Shamsie challenged the book industry to publish only women in 2018 to help address a gender imbalance in literature, just one publisher took up the challenge.” And Other Stories, an English publisher who publish translations and English language books, has decided to only publish women writers in 2018, according to the […]

The Literary Identity

[og_img] “Being someone who’s an outsider, there are so many ways in which the world acts on you or assigns narratives to you.” Literary Hub interviews author Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi about literature, identity, and her new novel, Call Me Zebra. From our archives:  Nur Nasreen Ibrahim‘s review of Call Me Zebra. The post The Literary Identity appeared first […]

First He Marched, Now He’ll Run

[og_img] “But the civil rights movement didn’t stop in Selma.” In a follow-up to March, his award-winning graphic novel trilogy, Congressman John Lewis will have a new series published later this year by Abrams ComicArt, according to Time. Run, which will also be a multi-book series, will pick up where March left off. Pair with: The Millions‘s review of March. The […]