Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

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Tag: Philadelphia

Ali Eteraz: On Writing Native Believer

To celebrate the release of Native Believer — the long-awaited and darkly comic debut novel from author Ali Eteraz — we’re pleased to feature a statement from the author on how the book serves as a reflection of modern America.

“Sugartime” by Erik Arneson

I was running a dust cloth across the top of the glass display case housing my most prized first editions—Hammett’s The Dain Curse and Christie’s Perilat End House among them—when the bell above the door jingled and a middle-aged man stepped into my used bookshop in Philadelphia’s Spring Garden neighborhood. His cashmere trench coat made me hopeful for a big sale, but the ratty Yankees cap and knockoff sunglasses he didn’t remove gave me pause . . .

“Why We Write” by C.J. Farley

Game World author C.J. Farley discusses his experience at the African American Children’s Book Fair, and how one interaction caused him to consider why he writes.


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