Conversations with Authors - Téa Obreht

Saturday, May 30th • 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Téa Obreht

in conversation with R. O. Kwon


Thank you all so much for taking the time to tune in to Book Passage’s Conversations with Authors to hear R. O. Kwon and myself reflect on process, character, and what makes us write. Supporters like you keep writers’ worlds turning, and keep places like Book Passage at the center of our community in this time of incredible crisis. So much has changed in the weeks since we met; our country has, for the most part, unified in a long-overdue reckoning with racial injustice and police violence. Some of the books R.O. Kwon and I talked about were Natalie Diaz’s Postcolonial Love Poem, Yiyun Li’s Where Reasons End, and Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita. In celebration of Black voices, I’d also like to recommend Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward; Survival Math by Mitchell S. Jackson; The Turner House by Angela Flournoy; Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi; American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson; Delicious Foods by James Hannaham; as well as Bryan Washington’s collection of short stories, Lot, which just won the Dylan Thomas Prize, and Mychal Denzel Smith’s upcoming Stakes Is High.



Below, please find links to purchase the books discussed by Téa and R. O., as well as their own books.

Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450147
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020


Natalie Diaz’s highly anticipated follow-up to When My Brother Was an Aztec, winner of an American Book Award

Where Reasons End: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984817372
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Published: Random House - February 5th, 2019

A fearless writer confronts grief and transforms it into art, in a book of surprising beauty and love, "a masterpiece by a master” (Elizabeth McCracken, Vanity Fair).

"Li has converted the messy and devastating stuff of life into a remarkable work of art.”—The Wall Street Journal

The Master and Margarita (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679760801
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Vintage - March 19th, 1996

The underground masterpiece of twentieth-century Russian fiction, this classic novel was written during Stalin’s regime and could not be published until many years after its author’s death.

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018


A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family on a journey through rural Mississippi, i

Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501131738
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Published: Scribner - February 4th, 2020

“A vibrant memoir of race, violence, family, and manhood…a virtuosic wail of a book” (The Boston Globe), Survival Math calculates how award-winning author Mitchell S.

The Turner House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544705166
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Published: Mariner Books - March 1st, 2016

“Flournoy’s knockout debut is one of those books that should, by rights, be described as the Great American Novel.” — NPR 
A New York Times Notable Book
Named a Best Book of the Year byO, The Oprah Magazine * Entertainment Weekly * NPR * Essence * Men’s Journal * Buzzfeed * Bustle *

Homegoing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.

American Spy: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812988284
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 17th, 2020

American Spy updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality.”—Entertainment Weekly
“There has never been anything like it.”—Marlon James, GQ
“So much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it’s extremely tough to put down.”—NPR

Delicious Foods: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316284936
Availability: Backordered
Published: Back Bay Books - January 19th, 2016

Held captive by her employers -- and by her own demons -- on a mysterious farm, a widow struggles to reunite with her young son in this uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance, and survival.

Lot: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525533689
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 17th, 2020

One of Barack Obama’s “Favorite Books of the Year” 

"Phenomenal" --Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

"Brilliant" --Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun
“A profound exploration of the true meaning of borders.” —The New York Times Book Review

Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568588735
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Published: Bold Type Books - September 15th, 2020

Brave, clear-eyed, and passionate, Stakes Is High is the book we need to guide us past crisis mode and through an uncertain future.

Inland: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982756
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 26th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife returns with “a bracingly epic and imaginatively mythic journey across the American West” (Entertainment Weekly).

The Tiger's Wife: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385343848
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 1st, 2011

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Spectacular . . . [Téa Obreht] spins a tale of such marvel and magic in a literary voice so enchanting that the mesmerized reader wants her never to stop.”—Entertainment Weekly 

The Incendiaries: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213906
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 30th, 2019

Now a National Bestseller

"Religion, politics, and love collide in this slim but powerful novel reminiscent of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, with menace and mystery lurking in every corner." --People Magazine