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Jesmyn Ward sets her novels in small-town Mississippi, and uses that setting to explore how America’s racist past continues to burden its present. Her new novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing” is written primarily from the perspective of a mother and her biracial teenage son, who are haunted by ghosts from the family’s past.
Jesmyn Ward, Author
After video game developer Zoë Quinn broke up with her boyfriend, he posted an angry online diatribe against her that caused an internet firestorm that still hasn’t ended. But Quinn fought back, and created an organization to help people who face online harassment. She’s written a book about her experiences.
Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole’s latest book is called “Blind Spot.” It features hundreds of images -- spanning from Lagos to Berlin to Brooklyn -- with essays on what’s visible and invisible in the photos. Many of the photos don’t include people -- just traces of them.
Teju Cole, writer and photographer
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