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The Next Big Thing

I’ve been tagged by two writers, Sylvia Peter. the author of Back Burning and the future host of the 13th International Conference on the Short Story, and Sybil Baker, the author of Into This World, for The Next Big Thing … Continue reading

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Joe Sacco

“Footnotes are inessential at best. At worst they trip up the greater narrative.” Over the last two decades, Joe Sacco has helped invent a new genre: comic-book journalism. He’s reported from Sarajevo and Gorazde during the Bosnian War and from … Continue reading

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Midnight on the Mavi Marmara

OR Books gives you this heartfelt and intellectual collection of essays on the event that happened in the Eastern Mediterranean, Monday, May 31st, 2010, 4.30am – the Israeli attack on Mavi Marmara, one of the ships in the humanitarian aid … Continue reading

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The Sword of Medina by Sherry Jones

Sherry Jones’ The Sword of Medina is the sequel to The Jewel of Medina, which deals with Islamic history through the eyes of Muhammad’s youngest wife, A’isha. The Jewel of Medina shows the importance of A’isha not only for Islamic … Continue reading

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The Method by Tom Vowler

Tom Vowler’s debut short story collection, The Method and Other Stories, won the international Scott Prize in 2010. Vowler’s collection is not only a strong piece of work, but also a promise, an overture to a great writing career. Vowler … Continue reading

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My Only Ever Oedipal Complaint by Omar Sabbagh

Reading Omar Sabbagh’s first poetry collection My Only Ever Oedipal Complaint is to identify with the persona of his poem “The Ancient Discoverer,” “All the senses take on luggage.” Sabbagh’s rich and innovative language, and experiments with form, bring about … Continue reading

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Storm Warning by Vanessa Gebbie

I must say I tried to stay cool before reading Gebbie’s new collection of short stories and flash fiction. Her first collection Words From a Glass Bubble was exquisite: the stories were unique and authentic, the characters felt like I’d … Continue reading

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