July Book Releases from South Asian Authors

July 3, 2024

July is a hot month – we’re talking weather and new releases! But what is summer if not a time for extensive reading? Beach reads, book festivals, lazy days in the park – the opportunities to dig into a good book are plentiful. Here’s our roundup of the titles we’re most excited about this month, … Read More

“Disbound” Is a Poetic Monument To Abandonment

May 3, 2024

The simplest understanding of “abandonment” stems from an idea of loss – something that was once connected to something else, is no longer connected. And regardless of what led to that disconnect, the loss inevitably hungers for balance.   In her debut book of poems Disbound, poet and translator Hajar Hussaini makes the valiant effort to … Read More

South to South anthology

Bringing South Asians Into the Southern Lit Canon

March 11, 2024

When my family moved to Atlanta, we moved to the suburbs – a landscape defined by the distinct architectural feature of a strip mall. We shopped in a Publix shopping center next to a Chinese spot, USPS, and Domino’s, quite like the Publix shopping center three miles down the road. My family’s Pakistani community was … Read More

Decolonize Drag by Kareem Khubchandani from OR Books

Can We Decolonize Drag?

March 4, 2024

Kareem Khubchandani is at once an academic, a writer, and a drag performer known as LaWhore Vagistan, and he puts every skillset to work in his new book Decolonize Drag. As drag increasingly enters the cultural mainstream with TV shows, Tik Tok filters, and political campaigns, greater numbers of people get a view into this … Read More

New March 2024 Book Releases South Asian Authors Romance Fiction Mystery

March Book Releases from South Asian Authors

March 1, 2024

March 2024 is full of new book releases. But as Maris Kreizman writes in Lit Hub, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Buzzy titles with noisy marketing campaigns make it difficult for the rest to compete, especially in a month like this when there are so many books to choose from. So here is Kajal‘s … Read More

Alisha Rai’s “While You Were Dreaming” Takes Teen Girls Seriously

February 26, 2024

Alisha Rai’s YA romance While You Were Dreaming brings all the best parts of the veteran romance author’s love stories to a brand new audience. Rai’s debut in the young adult space riffs off the 90s rom-com While You Were Sleeping and follows the story of hardworking high schooler Sonia Patil. Sonia’s life takes an … Read More

Taymour Soomro Explores Violent Desires in “Other Names for Love”

February 13, 2024

In Taymour Soomro’s debut novel Other Names for Love, violence lives in every detail. It traces the story of 16-year-old Fahad, whose father takes him from Karachi to their wealthy rural family estate to toughen him up. Once there, Fahad grows close to Ali, the brutish son of his father’s friend. In this tale of … Read More

How the Destruction of Babri Masjid Birthed the New India

December 6, 2023

One hundred thousand devout Hindus poured into the Indian holy city of Ayodhya on the brisk morning of December 6, 1992. They gathered in front of the Babri Masjid, a mosque that had stood in Ayodhya since the 16th century, ostensibly for a religious ceremony. And yet, anyone witnessing the scene could sense the volatility … Read More

“Ghosts, Monsters, and Demons of India” Gives Ghouls a Face

October 27, 2023

Covering over a million square miles, India is home to the full range of cryptids, malevolent spirits, and fiends. Rakesh Khanna and J. Furcifer Bhairav catalog them in their new illustrated encyclopedia “Ghosts, Monsters, and Demons of India.” Though shaggy in the storytelling and often lacking in spookiness, “Ghosts” provides one of the first comprehensive … Read More

“Letters to a Writer of Color” Offers Examples Not Judgements

March 14, 2023

In 2021, Priya Krishna asked “why do American grocery stores still have an ethnic food aisle?” The righteous anger of those interviewed underlined the main feeling of the piece: an ethnic food aisle is too small and too limiting for modern tastes. It is a racist conceit that smashes those cultures considered “ethnic” together while … Read More

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