On the Importance of Immigrant Literature: Critical Linking, October 20, 2019

Critical Linking is a daily roundup of the most interesting bookish links from around the web sponsored by Libro.fm.


“Embedded in the tropes of all immigrant literature, then, are these classic elements of storytelling, elements that get at the heart of identity. For this reason alone, it should surprise no one that immigrant literature is so rich and varied and compelling and satisfying even to readers who have never left their hometown. In The New York Times, Parul Seghal wrote, ‘Aren’t the themes of immigrant literature—estrangement, homelessness, fractured identities—the stuff of all modern literature, if not life?'”

Yes, yes they are. 


“We learn of this detail in Jada Yuan’s Washington Post profile of Rosario Dawson, which gives insight into Dawson and Booker’s one-year relationship and is filled with the sort of endearing yet slightly cloying details one associates with a very effusive new-ish couple. We learn of Booker’s nickname for Dawson (“RIB,” or what her initials would be if she married him), their shared passions (“they both enjoy pointing out that they are vegan”), and how Booker fumbled asking Dawson for her number (“Uh, how would I get in touch with you?”). Also the fact that Booker regularly FaceTimes her to read a book aloud.”

A) I missed that Cory Booker and Rosario Dawson are a couple? and B) LOL at City of Thieves as the bedtime story of choice.


“Janelle Pewapsconias, who is part of the Indigenous Poets Society but is in Guelph with another poetry team from Saskatoon, said the group does its best to showcase a “variety” of Indigenous perspectives through an art form that can be very personal and exposing.

‘Poetry is showing your heart, your soul, your work, your thoughts, for judgement to a crowd — that’s half the battle,’ Pewapsconias said. ‘The other half is trying to do a piece that’s relevant, timely, connecting, and caring in the community of poets that’s present.'”

Now’s a good time to get to know the Indigenous Poets Society.