Author Archive: Terry Hong

Terry Hong created and maintains Smithsonian BookDragon, a book blog for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. She was the writer wrangler for the film Girl Rising. She taught for Duke University’s Leadership in the Arts in NYC. She co-authored two books, Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture from Astro Boy to Zen Buddhism and What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature. She reviews extensively for many publications. Follow her on Twitter at @SIBookDragon.

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Knowing a Young Brown Person Might Listen and Feel Less Alone: The Narrative Life of Priya Ayyar
By October 23, 2019 2 Comments Read More →

Knowing a Young Brown Person Might Listen and Feel Less Alone: The Narrative Life of Priya Ayyar

Although audiobooks are just part of Priya Ayyar’s acting career, demand for her narrative talents shows no signs of slowing down. Recent highlights from Ayyar’s audio career are the focus of the “Now Hear This” column in the November 1 issue of Booklist, but Ayyar most definitely has plenty more to say. “Bringing these diverse […]

Five More to Go: Maaza Mengiste’s THE SHADOW KING
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Five More to Go: Maaza Mengiste’s THE SHADOW KING

This regular feature gives Booklist contributing reviewer Terry Hong the opportunity to shout about a recently published book she adored. She’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste Maaza Mengiste’s indelible debut, Beneath the Lion’s Gate (2010), put Ethiopian historical fiction on countless […]

In Celebration of Women in Translation Month: Asian Women Authors — Part II
By August 30, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

In Celebration of Women in Translation Month: Asian Women Authors — Part II

This is the second of a two-part series. Click here for Part I. Last week, we shared a baker’s dozen of titles by Asian women writers, made accessible by dedicated, invaluable translators who continuously, miraculously enable anglophone readers in discovering, enjoying, and sharing books from around the world. My constantly regenerating, overflowing gratitude to translators […]

Five More to Go: Edwidge Danticat’s EVERYTHING INSIDE
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Five More to Go: Edwidge Danticat’s EVERYTHING INSIDE

This regular feature gives Booklist contributing reviewer Terry Hong the opportunity to shout about a recently published book she adored. She’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ Everything Inside, by Edwidge Danticat Following The Art of Death (2017), a reflection on her mother’s passing, Danticat focuses this haunting eight-story collection […]

In Celebration of Women in Translation Month: Asian Women Authors — Part I
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In Celebration of Women in Translation Month: Asian Women Authors — Part I

This is the first of a two-part series. Part II will publish on Friday, August 30, 2019. Before I can name even a single author or title, I must express my constantly regenerating, overflowing gratitude to translators who enable readers anywhere and everywhere to literally experience the world on the page. That global access grows […]

Five More to Go: Yoko Ogawa’s THE MEMORY POLICE
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Five More to Go: Yoko Ogawa’s THE MEMORY POLICE

This regular feature gives Booklist contributing reviewer Terry Hong the opportunity to shout about a recently published book she adored. She’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ The Memory Police, by Yoko Ogawa and translated by Stephen Snyder Without names, these people, this island, could be […]

Talking with: Edward Gauvin

Talking with: Edward Gauvin

A truncated version (edited for printing space) of this interview was published in the July 2019 issue of Booklist. The full interview appears below. With over 300 publishing credits, Edward Gauvin might be the hardest-working French-to-English translator ever. That tenacity has earned him major awards, including the John Dryden Translation Prize (twice), and lauded NEA, […]

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Five More to Go: Shing Yin Khor’s THE AMERICAN DREAM?

Five More to Go: Shing Yin Khor’s THE AMERICAN DREAM?

This regular feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito, by Shing Yin Khor Malaysia-born, LA-dwelling […]

Five More to Go: Sok-yong Hwang’s AT DUSK

Five More to Go: Sok-yong Hwang’s AT DUSK

This regular feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ At Dusk, by Sok-yong Hwang and translated by Sora Kim-Russell In just over a year, three Sok-yong Hwang titles—Familiar Things (2018), Princess […]

13 Fall Faves, Speed-Dating Style

13 Fall Faves, Speed-Dating Style

Oh, good gracious! I can’t stand it: soooo many amazing books and my aging eyeballs just can’t keep up! Last week at ALA Annual, I got to “Read ‘n’ Rave,” but I had such an embarrassingly overflowing list, the buzzer went off (uh-oh!), and I couldn’t finish sharing all my titles. #Greedy, yep! But here […]