Interview: Sameer Pandya for Epiphany

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Christopher as an editor at Epiphany conducted an interview with Sameer Pandya to feature and spotlight Pandya’s story “M-O-T-H-E-R” from the Epiphany archives. That early story was included in Pandya’s book, The Blind Writer: Stories and a Novella, the cover of which is the accompanying image here. Read the interview, and visit Sameer Pandya’s website to learn more about his work.

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Book Review: Amy Dupcak’s DUST

51n-kphn0dlChristopher’s book review of DUST, a debut collection of short stories from author Amy Dupcak, appears in Issue Eighty-Eight (December 2016) of The Collagist.

The opening of this review of Amy Dupcak’s DUST:

James Hurst’s 1960 short story, “The Scarlet Ibis,” is commonly required reading for high school kids (and was adapted into an opera last year in New York City). It’s a remarkable story that opens with a garden…

From Lucid River Press: “A daring debut collection, Dust dives headfirst into the complicated waters of youth. Exploring themes of alienation, longing, self-destruction and ultimately self-awareness, the characters in Dust attempt to find meaning and form connections via sex, art, drugs, apple seeds, a cardboard dreamachine, and an aloe vera plant.”

Interview: Peter Ho Davies for The Brooklyn Rail

books_davies_02_web-ex_photoChristopher conducted an interview with Peter Ho Davies about his new multigenerational novel, THE FORTUNES, and the Chinese-American experience, Hollywood’s first Chinese-American film star Anna May Wong and her trip to China in protest of role casting discrimination, the injustice of the 1980s Vincent Chin case in Detroit, writing, research, travel to China, amalgams of fact and fiction, and many other fascinating topics.

Peter Ho Davies is the author of two novels, The Fortunes and The Welsh Girl (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize), and two short story collections, The Ugliest House in the World (winner of the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize) and Equal Love (A New York Times Notable Book).

Praise for THE FORTUNES:

“Panoramic in scope yet intimate in detail, The Fortunes might be the most honest, unflinching, cathartically biting novel I’ve read about the Chinese American experience. It asks the big questions about identity and history that every American needs to ask in the 21st century.”
—Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You

Book Review: Chantel Acevedo’s THE DISTANT MARVELS

Christopher’s book review of The Distant Marvels from author Chantel Acevedo, appears in The Brooklyn Rail.

From the Europa Editions website: “The story of a lifetime told in the eye of a hurricane. Maria Sirena tells stories. She does it for money—she was a favorite in the cigar factory where she worked as a lettora—and for love, spinning gossamer tales out of her own past for the benefit of friends and family. But now, like a modern-day Scheherazade, she will be asked to tell a story so that eight women can keep both hope and themselves alive.”

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Book Review: Stanley Crawford’s TRAVEL NOTES

Christopher’s book review of Travel Notes from author Stanley Crawford, appears in The Brooklyn Rail.

“Originally published in 1967, TRAVEL NOTES is a hallucinogenic dream journey thru the incomparable mind that subsequently brought us Log of the S.S. the Mrs. Unguentine, then dropped off the grid to become a garlic farmer in New Mexico.” –Calamari Press website

Here is the opening of the review:

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Book Review: D. Foy’s MADE TO BREAK

dfoy_madetobreak_cover-724x1024Christopher’s book review of Made to Break from author D. Foy, appears in American Book Review.

From the review: “Readers will wish they could grapple D. Foy in a game of Truth or Dare to hear about all of his inspirations and influences. Because that’s what the meat of this story is: a Truth or Dare game gone bad, in a remote cabin, in really bad weather with trees falling over.”