The Measure of a Man: Sidney Poitier

Published by Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins “... I decided that I wanted to write a book about life. Just life itself. What I’ve learned by living more than seventy years of it. ... “I have no wish to play the pontificating fool, pretending that I've suddenly come up with the answers to all …

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We Are All Birds of Uganda: Hafsa Zayyan

Published by Penguin/Random House This is the story of a Ugandan family of Indian origin, told from the perspectives of two men: Hasan in 1960s Kampala, who writes letters to dead wife, and Sameer, a young ambitious man in London in the mid-2000s. Hasan’s family is originally from Gujarat, but he sees himself as Ugandan—he …

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Bringing the Past to Life: Interview with Boris Dralyuk

Photo: Jennifer Croft Boris Dralyuk is a poet, literary translator, and editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books. His collection of poems, My Hollywood and Other Poems, was published in April 2022. He has also written Western Crime Fiction Goes East: The Russian Pinkerton Craze 1907-1934; edited 1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian …

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My Hollywood and Other Poems: Boris Dralyuk

Published by Paul Dry Books Step into this book and be transported to Hollywood, a city of émigrés and faded glamour. It is a city that is constantly changing, where the old is demolished to make way for the new, and where what was once fêted is now forgotten. In the first poem, a statue …

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A Passage North: Anuk Arudpragasam

Published by Granta Books and Hogarth Press This is a story about loss and obsession, about ghosts from the past and the violence of war. Krishan gets a call one day informing him of the death of Rani, his grandmother’s caregiver. The funeral is to be held in a village in northern Sri Lanka in …

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Grey Bees: Andrey Kurkov

Translated from Russian by Boris DralyukPublished by MacLehose Press Set in the period after the 2014 Russian invasion of Crimea, this book by Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov is particularly timely, given the war that is now unfolding in Ukraine. Sergey Sergeyich lives in Little Starhorodivka, an almost deserted village with three streets in the grey …

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