The second half of 2022 was active on the writing front. I was a special guest on the faculty of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and attended the Monson Arts Residency in Maine to work on my next books.
On the book coverage front, my work made three appearances in the San Francisco Chronicle. I interviewed Catherine Ceniza Choy about her book about Asian American histories. Then I reviewed Ryan Lee Wong’s debut novel, two books about North Korea, and selected my best book of 2022.
For NPR, I reviewed two novels I loved at the midyear mark, Paradais, by Fernanda Melchor, and The Stars Are Not Yet Bells, by Hannah Lilith Assadi. I also reviewed Ghost Town, a novel by Kevin Chen, published by one of my favorite indies Europa Editions.
For my friends at Heavy Feather Review, I rounded up my top five reads of 2022 with an emphasis on small and independent presses.
Happy new year to all!
My story, “Uncle Juicy’s America Boy,” is in the current print issue of Prairie Schooner.
Back in March, I reviewed Elaine Hsieh Chou’s stellar, funny debut Disorientation for The Washington Post. For the San Francisco Chronicle from January through April, I reviewed Mike Chen’s page-turner Light Years From Home, interviewed Randy Rainbow about his memoir Playing With Myself, and reviewed three books about the political changes in Hong Kong.
For NPR, I reviewed David Yoon’s post-apocalyptic City of Orange and contributed to their mid-year Books We Love. For Alta Journal, I wrote about Steph Cha’s acclaimed novel Your House Will Pay.
Finally, I’m quoted in this Los Angeles Times story in April about the San Gabriel Valley Food Club, which is made up of writers and poets bonding around local food.
If you’re not done with pandemic stories, I’ve got one up at Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading set in a near-future of multiple pandemics! Check out “Office of the Mind” here.
I reviewed Hard Like Water, Yan Lianke’s latest novel to be translated in English, over at Georgia Review.
In the San Francisco Chronicle, I reviewed two books about the Asian American immigrant experience and picked my favorite book of 2021.
At NPR, I contributed two selections to Books We Love 2021, including The Woman in the Purple Skirt, by Natsuko Imamura, translated by Lucy North.
Happy reading and onward to 2022!