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R.F. Kuang’s absurdist pandemic novel ‘Yellowface’ satirizes publishing industry

With Yellowface, author R.F. Kuang turns a new page on genre. The Poppy Wars, the first book in a trilogy she started writing when she was 19, is a historical military fantasy set in China....

Margaret Juhae Lee will discuss new memoir at Third Place Books on April 17

Imagine having a shameful family history and carrying that burden well into adult life only to find out the shameful history was a sham that could be rectified. Would this discovery release your true...

National Book Award finalist Lisa Ko’s three-part narrative of enduring friendship

Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers, a National Book Award finalist in 2017, has released a new book called Memory Piece, which follows three unlikely friends from the time they were in sixth grade....

Graphic novel asks: Who do you think will change the most if they make...

“Out of everyone here, who do you think will change the most if they ever make it big?” — Chun Jongseop, Artists Who, indeed? This is the driving theme of Young-Shin Ma’s graphic novel...

Murder mystery explores the meaning of happiness, and assumptions society makes about those who...

Angie Kim, author of Edgar Award-winning book Miracle Creek, released Happiness Falls, yet another fast-paced novel, this time told through the perspective of a precocious 20 year old coming to grips with what happened...

Short story collection “Bliss Montage” portrays women’s lives with a surreal flair 

Perhaps the novel that seemed most prescient or relevant to the end-of-world times that was 2020 was Ling Ma’s Severance, an apocalyptical satire about a pandemic that starts in China and dooms infected...

A Korean page-turner about a 65-year-old woman assassin

When you think of a 65-year-old woman, what does your brain conjure up? Perhaps you see her taking care of her grandchildren or socializing with other seniors in a community space, a senior living...

Interview with author Jane Pek on The Verifiers

The Verifiers is about Claudia Lin, a woman who inadvertently stumbles upon a murder mystery when one of her work clients becomes a victim. Claudia works for Veracity, an online-dating detective agency. The story...

Viscerally-upsetting short story collection makes readers question their own sense of normalcy

Anyone who has read Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman and Earthlings are already well-acquainted with Murata’s quirkiness and unconventionality. Murata has admitted in interviews she has always felt like an outsider—an alien—which might be...

I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki boldy breaks the silence...

Sehee Baek’s crowdfunded book “I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki” became an unexpected bestseller when it was first published in Korea in 2018. Since then, a second volume had been...