Filled with empathy and wisdom, personal experiences and creative inspiration, this is a vital collection of essays on the power of literature and the craft of writing from an international array of writers of colour. ‘Electric essays that speak to the experience of writing from the periphery . .
. a guide, a comfort, and a call all at once’ Laila Lalami, author of Conditional Citizens’A whip-smart collection’ Kamila Shamsie, author of Best of FriendsWhat if we reconsidered our assumptions about how fiction should be written? And can we then apply our discoveries to both what we read and how we read? This book explores these questions and encourages us into a more inclusive conversation about storytelling, featuring:* Taymour Soomro on resisting rigid stories about who you are* Madeleine Thien on how writing builds the room in which it can exist* Amitava Kumar on why authenticity isn’t a license we carry in our wallets* Tahmima Anam on giving herself permission to be funny* Ingrid Rojas Contreras on the bodily challenge of writing about trauma* Zeyn Joukhadar on queering English and the power of refusing to translate ourselves* Kiese Laymon on hearing that no one wants to read the story that you want to write* Deepa Anappara on writing even through conditions that impede the creation of artPlus essays from Tiphanie Yanique, Xiaolu Guo, Jamil Jan Kochai, Vida Cruz-Borja, Femi Kayode, Nadifa Mohamed in conversation with Leila Aboulela, Myriam Gurba, Mohammed Hanif and Sharlene Teo. ‘Bracing and moving .
. . No one interested in how we read and should read fiction can afford to miss this’ Pankaj Mishra, author of Run And Hide
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