Letters to a Writer of Color by Deepa Anappara and Taymour Soomro
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Filled with empathy and wisdom, instruction and inspiration, this book encourages us to reevaluate the codes and conventions that have shaped our assumptions about how fiction should be written, and also challenges us to apply its lessons to both what we read and how we read. Featuring:
•Taymour Soomroon resisting rigid stories about who you are •Madeleine Thienon how writing builds the room in which it can exist •Amitava Kumaron why authenticity isn’t a license we carry in our wallets •Tahmima Anamon giving herself permission to be funny •Ingrid Rojas Contrerason the bodily challenge of writing about trauma •Zeyn Joukhadaron queering English and the power of refusing to translate ourselves •Myriam Gurbaon the empowering circle of Latina writers she works within •Kiese Laymonon hearing that no one wants to read the story that you want to write •Mohammed Hanifon the censorship he experienced at the hands of political authorities •Deepa Anapparaon writing even through conditions that impede the creation of art • Plus essays fromTiphanie Yanique,Xiaolu Guo,Jamil Jan Kochai,Vida Cruz-Borja,Femi Kayode,Nadifa Mohamedin conversation withLeila Aboulela, andSharlene Teo
The start of a more inclusive conversation about storytelling,Letters to a Writer of Colorwill be a touchstone for aspiring and working writers and for curious readers everywhere.