In nonfiction, people traumatized by events might be inclined to soften the details as a form of self-protection. Fiction may simply be safer and more tender.
Vaddey Ratner’s novel of her childhood under the Khmer Rouge, In the Shadow of the Banyan, is a moving personal journey of reconciliation readers can share.
Jeet Thayil answers questions about his novel Narcopolis, courting controversy in India, his reception abroad, and challenging convention in fiction.
At BookExpo America 2012, five editors recommended their favorite middle-grade reads for the fall.
You can trace the success of titles ranging from Eat Pray Love to The Art of Fielding to early BEA buzz. Which BEA 2012 title left the strongest impression?
What really goes into making a BEA buzz book? Authorial obsessions, personal histories, medical redemption, the art and deliberate artifice of voice.
A mechanical Bollywood-style, boy-meets-girl, breaks up, meets again with sex thrown in is the typical formula for YA Indian fiction. Are readers being sold short?
Cliches and copycats have corrupted Indian YA fiction, but there is hope in a handful of new talents with imagination who are pushing the genre to new heights.
You can see the results of social writing in the self-publishing community. But are there still benefits from the traditional means of production?
Sisters Sinikka and Tiina Nopola are the creators of Ricky Rapper, Finland’s most popular children’s book character.