Letters to a Writer of Color

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Random House Trade
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5.12 X 7.87 X 0.71 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Deepa Anappara grew up in Kerala, southern India, and worked as a journalist in cities including Mumbai and Delhi. Her debut novel, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and NPR. It won the Edgar Award for Best Novel, was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Indian Literature.

Taymour Soomro was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He has worked as a corporate solicitor in London and Milan, an agricultural estate manager in rural Pakistan, and a publicist for a luxury fashion brand in London. His short fiction has been published in The New Yorker, and he is the author of the novel Other Names for Love.


"Letters to a Writer of Color is a beautiful and galvanizing anthology, featuring some of the most dazzling writers working today. Dig in for essays on queering language, telling versus showing, translation, censorship, activism and resistance, and so much more."--Autostraddle

"There are no instructions for how to write or how to live the life of a writer. Each essay is focused inward, simply presenting examples for how one might organize oneself without judgment."--Kajal Magazine

"If you've ever felt that your creative choices were being dismissed or ignored in a fiction workshop, if you've been pressured to make your writing more 'accessible, ' if you've strained under the demand to write about certain things only and to silence others--this book is for you."--Laila Lalami, author of Conditional Citizens

"A brave and triumphant act of resistance and decolonization, a necessary resource for writers and educators alike, and a must-have book for readers who care about diversity and inclusion in literature. Reading this book, I felt seen and empowered."--Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, bestselling author of The Mountains Sing and Dust Child

"Funny, moving, thought-provoking, default-challenging, engaging, and full of so much heart and so many voices, this book feels to me like nothing less than a revolution."--Melissa Fu, author of Peach Blossom Spring

"Witty, candid, bold, gutsy, eye-opening and sometimes eye-popping, revelatory and wise! If you want to know what writers talk about among themselves, you've found it."--Aminatta Forna, author of The Memory of Love

"Here, matters of craft are interwoven with those of personhood and politics, offering a global range of perspectives rarely found in books on writing. I cherish this book deeply, like a friend I've been waiting all my life to meet."--Tania James, author of Aerogrammes and The Tusk That Did the Damage

"A revelatory reading experience. A book that guides, teaches, and gives off its own shimmering light, that demands to be read and re-read."--Katherine J. Chen, author of Joan

"The problem of the color line, as Web du Bois called it, has existed in literature and literary criticism as much as social and geopolitical realms, and systematic neglect by publishers, critics and readers has only exacerbated it."--Pankaj Mishra, author of Run and Hide

"A whip-smart collection of essays . . . I read parts of it with the joy of recognition and other parts with the astonishment of revelation."--Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire

"A stunningly personal and practical compilation of literary and life advice . . . Artists of all races will benefit from the honesty, profundity, and munificence radiating from each of these letters."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This captivating love letter to writers of color deserves to be in every library the world over."--Booklist (starred review)