George Saunders Astonishes with His First Novel ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

George Saunders secured his spot in the American literary canon on the strength of his short stories alone. But with the exception of a couple novellas, he hadn’t written a work of sustained length. So readers were left to wonder: Could he write a novel that’s any good? We have the answer. … More George Saunders Astonishes with His First Novel ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

Yaa Gyasi and Roger Reeves Talk ‘Homegoing,’ Ghana, Folklore and Complicity

Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Yaa Gyasi has written a captivating debut novel that embraces the world in all its complexity. During the 2016 Fall Chicago Humanities Festival, Gyasi conversed with poet Roger Reeves about writing, Ghanaian legacy, and her own family oral traditions. … More Yaa Gyasi and Roger Reeves Talk ‘Homegoing,’ Ghana, Folklore and Complicity

Viet Thanh Nguyen Tells Stories of the Nationless in ‘The Refugees’

In a New York Times opinion column last September, Viet Thanh Nguyen wrote, “Many people have characterized my novel, The Sympathizer, as an immigrant story, and me as an immigrant. No. My novel is a war story and I am not an immigrant. I am a refugee who, like many others, has never ceased being … More Viet Thanh Nguyen Tells Stories of the Nationless in ‘The Refugees’