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The Pulitzer, Comics, and Essays: Asian-American Literary Achievements to Read from 2016

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

During this time of year, as people visit family, travel, or have a little time off work, many look forward to finally picking up that book they have been meaning to read. Take a look back at some of the Asian-American books and writers NBC Asian America covered in 2016 for some great ideas. There is sure to be something for everyone.

“Asian America is not a monolith, and that’s why I support Asian-American writers and their books, which reveal the multitudes in our community, in our families, and in ourselves,” Vanessa Hua, author of award-winning short story collection, “Deceit and Other Possibilities,” told NBC News. “Our work is more important than ever at a time when people of color are being denied their humanity — denied their stories.” Read more

Source: NBC News

Most of what we write is non-fiction: Ru Freeman

Kitaab’s fiction editor Monideepa Sahu interviews Ru Freeman, a Sri Lankan–American writer and activist (author of On Sal Mal Lane and A Disobedient Girl)

Ru Freeman

Ru Freeman

Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan–American writer and activist. Her debut novel, A Disobedient Girl, was longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and translated into seven languages. She has been a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Yaddo, and the VirginiaCenter for the Creative Arts. She blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics and is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review. She calls both Sri Lanka and America home and writes about the people and countries underneath her skin.

Her first novel, A Disobedient Girl, is the story of Latha and Biso, two Sri Lankan girls working as domestic helpers, who strive for a better life. Her latest work, On Sal Mal Lane, is a sad yet hopeful tale of children growing up in times of civil strife and impending civil war in Sri Lanka. This beautifully written novel has also been longlisted for the DSC Prize. Sal Mal Lane, a dead end street in Colombo, presents a microcosm of Sri Lankan Society. The well to do Heraths are kind and generous Sinhalese Buddhists who celebrate all religions, from singing Christmas carols to sharing Diwali sweets with their neighbours. The other neighbours are Sinhalese Catholics, Burghers, Tamil Catholics, Tamil Hindus and the reticent yet gracious Muslim Bin Ahmed family. The novel explores through the eyes of the children, the effects of increasing communal tensions. Riots, death and destruction visit this happy and peaceful community, and battle lines get drawn. The children realize that what is lost forever cannot be regained. They try to come to terms with this loss in their own ways. Read more