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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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Margarita Engle’s Cuba for Young Readers
By November 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Margarita Engle’s Cuba for Young Readers

President Obama’s historic December 17, 2014 order to “normalize relations” between the United States and Cuba began the restoration of diplomacy after more than half a century of hostile restrictions. His 72-hour visit to Havana in March 2016—the first made by a sitting president since Coolidge in 1928—opened and encouraged travel in both directions. The thaw, […]

A Dozen Diverse Debut Novels
By November 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

A Dozen Diverse Debut Novels

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. White Teeth by Zadie Smith. What do these novels have in common? All were debuts, and all earned coveted awards, plaudits, and significant sales numbers. For those of you watching the prize- and bestseller lists, keep an eye out for these dozen diverse […]

13 Terrifying Tales of Diverse Hauntings
By October 24, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

13 Terrifying Tales of Diverse Hauntings

It’s the time of the year to be scared witless—and by choice, egads! Gluttons for fear, unite and brace yourselves for the following 13 diverse hauntings, linked to their Booklist reviews when available.   The Black Isle, by Sandi Tan The protagonist begins her life as Ling, the first-born twin in a well-to-do Shanghai clan. […]

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Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with Cuban and Cuban-American Literature
By September 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with Cuban and Cuban-American Literature

Once upon a time, Cuba was an enigmatic, faraway place that conjured up images of I Love Lucy, history lessons about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and recurring headlines about Guantánamo. As far as books go, two loomed large: Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban, a multi-generational family epic and National Book Award finalist, and Oscar Hijuelos’ […]

The Bookshop on the Corner: 12 Novels about Bookstores
By September 12, 2017 2 Comments Read More →

The Bookshop on the Corner: 12 Novels about Bookstores

Sometimes—way too often, these days—reality is just, well, too real. So into these beckoning pages I retreat. Novels about bookstores are ultra-alluring, since the possibility of escapist respite is virtually limitless. To follow are a dozen recent titles celebrating those literary havens, linked to their Booklist reviews.   The Bookseller, by Cynthia Swanson Before Julia […]

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Beyond Books: Memoirs That Reckon with Death
By August 15, 2017 2 Comments Read More →

Beyond Books: Memoirs That Reckon with Death

Being part of the “sandwich generation” caught between aging parents and almost-adult children means that mortality begins to loom heavier as the years pass. Sharing the burden of tragedy with thoughtful, wise, and gentle others through books is certainly one of the most readily-available balms. For those moments you need a little guidance, here are […]

Favorite Manga Series, Part 2: Bakuman through What Did You Eat Yesterday?
By August 1, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Favorite Manga Series, Part 2: Bakuman through What Did You Eat Yesterday?

Ready to get graphic? If you’re new to the genre, might I suggest you go directly to the godfather of manga, the late Osamu Tezuka (1928–1989). Astro Boy ring a bell? Speed Racer? Kimba the White Lion? “There’s a reason why the Japanese call [him] the God of Comics,” says Gene Luen Yang, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s […]

Favorite Manga Series, Part I: 20th Century Boys through Ultraman

Favorite Manga Series, Part I: 20th Century Boys through Ultraman

Graphic titles are big news. Even if you’re not a pop-culture connoisseur, you can’t have missed the graphic titles regularly popping up on bestseller lists—not to mention their various incarnations on film and even the stage! When Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for Maus, the genre got its can’t-be-ignored nod of mainstream (even highbrow) […]

Road Tripping with Eclectic Audiobooks

Road Tripping with Eclectic Audiobooks

Once upon a time, I was wary of audiobooks; I didn’t think they were “real” reading. How wrong I was! Two sparked an obsession: Feed by M.T. Anderson, read by David Aaron Baker, with a full production complete with brain-fed ads and instant messages before I even knew what they were (!), and Shantaram by […]

Ten Works of Contemporary Korean Literature in Translation

Ten Works of Contemporary Korean Literature in Translation

Despite Maureen Corrigan’s rather nasty NPR review of Korean author Kyung-sook Shin’s 2011 Stateside debut, Please Look After Mom—her phrase “cheap consolations of kimchee-scented Kleenex fiction” caused particular affront—Mom became a major bestseller. In a stroke of well-deserved vindication, Shin became the first woman to win the Man Asian Literary Prize and has been credited with revitalizing the Korean […]

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