Monique Truong: Southern girl, Twice over

Monique Truong’s (author of The Book of Salt) new book, Bitter in the Mouth comes out at the end of the month! We exchanged e-mails on her writing process and the formulation of Bitter in the Mouth, which is a uniquely creative and captivating account of young woman discovering herself, with the special ability to… read more

Minal Hajratwala: 'The IQ in LGBTIQ'

Minal Hajratwala won a Lammy this year for her book, Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents, a delightfully insightful novel that combines memoir, history and reportage to trace her own family’s story and answer questions of identity and change for all migrants.  Here, she shares her thoughts and experiences through an e-mail… read more

What I'm Reading? 'The Human Revolution Volume I'

The Human Revolution is a series published by the World Tribune Press, originally in 1986. The first of two series (afterwards came The New Human Revolution), chronicling the history of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist peace organization. Set in post-war Japan, the story begins with second SGI president Josei Toda’s release from prison… read more

God Loves Vivek

Vivek Shraya, author of God Loves Hair, was kind enough sit down for a chat on the phone about his book, its origin and the themes he explores. The delightfully illustrated collection of short stories was born from a true burst of creativity when Shraya was taking a breath of fresh air from his music… read more

The Queer Desi Dilemma?

Within the South Asian community, there exist rigid culturally established dichotomies between male and female, older and younger, gay and straight, as well as dividing lines between social groups. Specifically in Indian society, it seems this history of social division has prompted a sort of black/white mentality; an inclination for constrained dialogue on taboo topics… read more