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’

MFA Student Skipping AWP Because No One Bought His Manuscript at the Last One

A second-year MFA student at the University of West Carolina is skipping the AWP Conference in Washington, D.C. this week after failing to secure a five-figure deal for his novel-in-stories, The Ides of October, at last year’s conference. … More MFA Student Skipping AWP Because No One Bought His Manuscript at the Last One

A ‘Chuck Load’ of Comics: Our New Weekly Comics Video Series

We love comics at the Chicago Review of Books, so we’re partnering with a couple of Chicagoans to bring you a new weekly video series, Chuck Load of Comics. In each episode, Chuck and Shauna Lindsey review the week’s new comics and share their picks of the week. … More A ‘Chuck Load’ of Comics: Our New Weekly Comics Video Series