25 Great Books by Refugees in America: Critical Linking, February 1, 2017

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer.

Through the 20th century and into this one, those fleeing political persecution or war have produced important works that we think of now as at least partly American, from fiction about the harrowing experiences of exile and dislocation to political treatises by thinkers who want to understand why their homelands fell apart. This is a sampling of 25 of those works.

Excellent books by refugees in America. A new reading list?

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is looking for a new sponsor and a new name, reports the Guardian.

The British literary award, given annually to a novel written in English by a female author, is losing the sponsorship of Baileys, the liquor company best known for its Irish cream.

That was sort of fast. They’ve only been the sponsor for a few years.

Blackman led authors’ furious response to the travel ban with a tweet on Saturday night. “Thank you to all those who have invited me to various US lit fests/events, but I won’t be visiting the US any time soon,” she wrote.

Fellow author Philip Pullman, chair of the Society of Authors, expressed solidarity with the Noughts and Crosses author. “I’m fully in sympathy with Malorie’s decision, and I might well decide the same way myself if I had a journey forthcoming,” he said.

International authors are deciding not to come to the US because of Trump’s racist travel bans. I don’t blame them.

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