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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Five More to Go: Yoko Ogawa’s THE MEMORY POLICE
By August 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

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 […]

Transgender Pride, Literally: 11 Titles by #OwnVoices Authors and More

Transgender Pride, Literally: 11 Titles by #OwnVoices Authors and More

Happy final Friday of Pride Month. Wow . . . that went by quickly! I have 25 (no lie!) more books on, under, next to, and all around my desk that I will not be covering here, which is actually a good thing, because that’s proof that twenty-first-century titles by and about the transgender and […]

Immigrant Heritage Month by the Book(s)!

Immigrant Heritage Month by the Book(s)!

June is #ImmigrantHeritageMonth, which began in 2014 and has been recognized and celebrated by the (Obama) White House as “a time to celebrate diversity and immigrants’ shared American heritage” since 2015. “Immigration,” the White House declares, “is part of the DNA of this great nation.” Perhaps now more than ever—fueled by the ubiquity of alarming […]

Electrifying Reads from the Other Side of the World: Seven Korean Thrillers in Translation

Electrifying Reads from the Other Side of the World: Seven Korean Thrillers in Translation

Despite my Korean heritage, I don’t read the language well enough to enjoy Korea’s latest, greatest titles. Thankfully, notable Korean-to-English translators, especially Sora Kim-Russell, Deborah Smith, and Chi-Young Kim, enable all Anglophone audiences to discover—and for many of us, become ardent fans of—contemporary Korean literature. Since May is Booklist’s annual Mystery Month, these chilling thrillers […]

14 #OwnVoices Mysteries for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

14 #OwnVoices Mysteries for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Ready for some double duty? As you may know, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (woo-hoo! happy me!). Additionally, May is also #MysteryMonth at Booklist. To celebrate, here’s a list that hasn’t been done before on the Booklist Reader: mysteries and thrillers by #OwnVoices APA writers. I know, such a high body count gathered […]

Five More to Go: Margaret Atwood and Reneé Nault’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE
By April 15, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Five More to Go: Margaret Atwood and Reneé Nault’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE

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 Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood and Reneé Nault In the decades since its 1985 publication, Atwood’s dystopic classic has spawned audio, […]