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Culture, Books Exotic Foreign Lands: Author Adam Johnson Went a Long Way to Research a Nation That Wouldn't Talk to Him

Exotic Foreign Lands: Author Adam Johnson Went a Long Way to Research a Nation That Wouldn't Talk to Him

Last year, no Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded, but that was 2012. This is 2013, "The Year of Adam Johnson," and the Pulitzer is just the most recent, prestigious accolade the Stanford professor's New York Times bestselling novel, The…
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Fall Arts: Your Wee Guide to This Season's Bay Area Books

Telegraph Avenue Involving: The fictive owners of an East Bay record shop, their midwife wives, an ex-NFL star, an ex-blaxploitation star, disquisitions on race and class and used vinyl and childbirth, very fancy prose, and the literary event of the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Kim Jong-il Dies Just in Time for Adam Johnson's Novel About North Korea

Kim Jong-il Dies Just in Time for Adam Johnson's Novel About North Korea

It might seem like slightly odd timing to release a novel that includes a fictionalized narrative by Kim Jong-il, seeing that the self-described "Dear Leader" of North Korea recently died. Then again, maybe it's the best time. The specter of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dictatorial Fiction

Dictatorial Fiction

It might seem like an odd time to release a novel that includes a fictionalized narrative by Kim Jong-Il, seeing that North Korea’s self-described “Dear Leader” recently died. Then again, maybe it’s the best time. Kim’s shadow will long hang…
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Emporium

By Adam Johnson Viking (2002), $24.95 San Francisco author Adam Johnson's debut collection of short stories is populated with characters who are usually young, often confused, and always victims of circumstance. In "Teen Sniper" an adolescent boy struggles to reconcile…
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