It has often been observed that there is no great novel of the California experience. Could it be because California is forever changing? As the American voice grows wider in scope, four novelists come together to talk about California as a planet for which their stories of migration, immigration, and emigration are the stardust.
Moderated by: Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Stephen Gutierrez’ third book, The Mexican Man in His Backyard: Stories and Essays from the Valley and L.A., is due this fall.
Laleh Khadivi, born in Iran, is author of The Walking, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “deliberate, crystalline and nakedly passionate.” Her novel The Age of Orphans received a Whiting Award.
Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and her writing includes essays, academic papers, reviews and short stories. Her first novel is In Dependence (Legend Press, London; Cassava Republic Press, Abuja). She teaches literature at San Francisco State University.
Nayomi Munaweera's debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors won the 2013 Commonwealth Literary Prize for Asia and was nominated for the Northern California Book Award. The New York Times called it "incandescent" and Publisher's Weekly has compared her work to that of Jumpha Lahiri and Michael Ondaatje. Her second novel, What Lies Between Us will be released in Spring 2016.
Keenan Norris’ novel Brother and the Dancer will be published in November. He is editor of the forthcoming anthology Street Lit: Representing Urban America.
Iranian-born writer Laleh Khadivi and Sri Lankan-American writer Nayomi Munaweera, author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors, explain why they cannot necessarily answer questions about the countries they write about.