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Calendar, Night&Day Unhappy Endings

Unhappy Endings

Just out from McSweeney's, Lucy Corin's One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses is a collection of short devastations that range in attitude and build in effect through what seems like an endless parade of experience: time-traveling, reviews of imagined…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Yiyun Li Reads Your Short Story

Yiyun Li Reads Your Short Story

Li, a 2010 MacArthur Fellow is one of two judges of the Asian American Writers' Workshop-sponsored, Hyphen-magazine-sponsored Asian American Short Story Contest. The other judge is Porochista Khakpour, and guess what? Neither one is going to go easy on…
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Calendar, Night&Day An Immigrant's Point of View

An Immigrant's Point of View

Yiyun Li is a Chinese immigrant who has won national recognition for her writing. Li was raised in Beijing and landed in the United States in 1996. Her first novel, The Vagrants, depicts the execution of a young woman who…
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Culture, Books

Fall Arts: A few books of local interest

The Eden Hunter (Counterpoint, $16) By Skip Horack Published: Sept. 1 Reason to care: Stanford lecturer Horack's stylish historical novel about a runaway slave is moving in more ways than one: It's a page-turner that really gets to you. Sample…
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Culture, Books Oakland author Yiyun Li's novel examines China's dark places

Oakland author Yiyun Li's novel examines China's dark places

Oakland author Yiyun Li's debut novel, The Vagrants, begins with a man and his wife lying awake on the morning of their daughter's public execution, which also happens to be the first day of spring. As the woman quietly sobs…
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