Lauren LeBlanc is the NY Observer’s books columnist and an independent book editor. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. A New Orleans native, she now lives in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jeremy Tiang is a novelist, playwright and literary translator from Singapore. They have translated over twenty books from across the Sinophone world, most recently Cocoon by Zhang Yueran. They won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018 for their novel State of Emergency. Earlier this year they were the Princeton University Translator-in-Residence and also served on the […]
Muriel Villanueva (Valencia, 1976) is a writer, author of more than thirty literary works for all ages, including novels, storybooks, poems, plays and short films, as well as short publications in anthologies and online. She has been given more than a dozen awards, including J.M. Casero, Crítica dels Escriptors Valencians, Carlemany, Atrapallibres and the Llibreter. She has been […]
AYANNA LLOYD BANWO is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago. Her work has been published in The Caribbean Writer, Moko Magazine, Small Axe, POUi, Pree, Callaloo, and Anomaly. She is a graduate of the M.A. in Creative Writing program from the University of East Anglia and is now a postgraduate researcher in Creative-Critical Writing at UEA. When We Were Birds is her first novel.
Anderson Tepper is co-chair of the International Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival and host and curator of a global author series with BPL Presents at the Brooklyn Public Library. Formerly of Vanity Fair, he has written on books and authors for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, World […]
Camila Sosa Villada was born in 1982 in La Falda (Córdoba, Argentina). She is a writer, actress, and singer. Her play Carnes tolendas, retrato escénico de un travesti was selected for the 2010 National Theater Festival held in La Plata. Her first novel, Bad Girls, won the Premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and the Grand Prix de […]
Born in Rwanda in 1956, Scholastique Mukasonga experienced from childhood the violence and humiliation of the ethnic conflicts that shook her country. In 1960, her family was displaced to the polluted and under-developed Bugesera district of Rwanda. Mukasonga was later forced to leave the school of social work in Butare and flee to Burundi. She […]
Alia Trabucco Zerán was born in Chile in 1983. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for a master’s in creative writing in Spanish at New York University, where she wrote her debut novel La resta (The Remainder). La resta won the prize for Best Unpublished Literary Work awarded by the Consejo Nacional del Libro de Chile, and was shortlisted […]
Estelle-Sarah Bulle was born in Créteil, France, in 1974 to a West Indian father and a Belgian mother. She studied in Paris and Lyon and now resides in Val-d’Oise, France. Where Dogs Bark with Their Tails is her first novel and was awarded the Prix Stanislas and the Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde.
Titaua Peu is a Tahitian author known for her politically charged, realistic portrayal of the effects of colonialism on contemporary Polynesia. Peu’s unsparing first novel, Mutismes, was published in 2003, sparking immediate scandal and making her the youngest-ever published Tahitian author at age twenty-eight. Pina was awarded the 2017 Eugène Dabit Prize, a first for […]
Monique Roffey is a senior lecturer in creative writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the author of seven books, four of which are set in Trinidad and the Caribbean region. The Mermaid of Black Conch won the 2020 Costa Book of the Year Award and was short-listed for several other major […]
Kamila Shamsie is the author of several previous novels, most recently Home Fire, which won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, was longlisted for the Booker Prize, and was a finalist for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Costa Novel Award, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, among other honors. She was raised in Karachi and […]
Mohsin Hamid is the author of five novels, including the Booker Prize finalists and New York Times bestsellers Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. His essays, some collected as Discontent and Its Civilizations, have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. He divides his time between Lahore, New York, and London. His new novel, The Last White Man, comes out this […]
Andrea Abreu was born in 1995 in Tenerife, Spain. In 2021, Granta named her one of the best Spanish writers under the age of 35. Dogs of Summer, her debut novel, will be translated into thirteen languages and adapted for the screen by El Estudio.
Vladimir was a major presence in the Moscow underground of the 1980s. His work was banned in the Soviet Union, and his first novel, The Queue, was published by the famed émigré dissident Andrei Sinyavsky in France in 1985. In 1992, Sorokin’s Their Four Hearts was short-listed for the Russian Booker Prize. In 1999, the publication of the […]
Namwali Serpell was born in Lusaka, Zambia, and lives in New York. She received a 2020 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing, and a 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Her debut novel, The Old Drift, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, and the Los Angeles Times’s Art Seidenbaum […]
Georgi Gospodinov, one of Bulgaria’s most lauded authors, has won the Angelus Central European Literature Award and the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, among many other accolades. Time Shelter is his latest book.
Gina Apostol’s first books, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, published originally in Manila where they both won the Philippine National Book Award, are now out in the US. She won the 2022 Rome Prize to work on The Treatment of Paz. Her forthcoming novel, La Tercera, will be out in May 2023. […]