In our morning reading: new writing by Lavie Tidhar, Aminatta Forna and Maaza Mengiste in conversation, and more.
Since mid-2019, it’s been a busy literary time for Maaza Mengiste. Her novel The Shadow King, recently released in paperback, is set in Ethiopia in 1935, when Italy invaded. Blending a bold historical scope with questions of identity and gender, the result is a thrilling read — and one which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. This year also saw the release of the new anthology Addis Ababa Noir, which Mengiste edited; it’s a taut collection of thrilling stories that encompasses modes from the realistic to the uncanny. I spoke with Mengiste about her recent work, translation, and what’s next for her.
Morning Bites: Ashleigh Bryant Phillips Interviewed, Maaza Mengiste, Mark Lanegan’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Ashleigh Bryant Phillips and Maaza Mengiste, new music from Jarvis Cocker, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Yoss, Natalka Burian on Bars and Books, Maaza Mengiste, Heid E. Erdrich’s Poetry, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Yoss and Maaza Mengiste, an interview with Natalka Burian, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Maaza Mengiste, Ariana Harwicz Interviewed, Maxim Loskutoff, Stephen Graham Jones Fiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: writing by Maaza Mengiste and Stephen Graham Jones, thoughts on Sam Prekop’s new album, and more.
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Maaza Mengiste and Garth Greenwell, an interview with Courtney Maum, and more.
Morning Bites: Rodrigo Márquez Tizano, Stephen Graham Jones Nonfiction, Maaza Mengiste Interviewed, Ernest Hood, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on the fiction of Rodrigo Márquez Tizano, new writing from Stephen Graham Jones, and more.
Morning Bites: Mira Ptacin Interviewed, Maaza Mengiste, Nommo Award Winners, John Freeman Gill on Brooklyn History, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Mira Ptacin, new writing from John Freeman Gill, and more.