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  • In a surprising coincidence, the cover image for "The Lightest Object in the Universe" looked eerily like a piece of artwork Kimi Eisele had made for her book — and never showed anyone.
    JADE BEALL
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    Talking with Kimi Eisele

    - The Lightest Object in the Universe reveals hope and humanity amid a dystopian setting.
Poet Matthew Zapruder sees in his works “the constant question of the role of the poetic imagination in a time of crisis.”
B.A. VAN SISE
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Talking with Matthew Zapruder

The poems in Father’s Day examine the complex ideas of parenthood, citizenship, and existence.

Author Peter Orner says, “I’m obsessed with the way that memory contorts what may or may not have actually happened into fiction.”
CHRISTOPHER HO
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Talking with Peter Orner

Maggie Brown & Others contains very short stories that reveal their characters’ full potential and sorrowful limitations.

Luis J. Rodriguez is the author of 16 books, in genres including poetry, children's literature, and the best-selling memoir, "Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A."
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Talking with Luis J. Rodriguez

Essays from a former Los Angeles poet laureate argue for the power of verse to unify, inspire, and heal our nation.

A native Californian, author Susan Straight is a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. Her book "In the Country of Women" is based on five generations of womens' stories told to Straight and her daughters.
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Talking with Susan Straight

The memoir In the Country of Women recounts secret histories of resilience, love, and great food.

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Talking with Bonnie Tsui

Why We Swim examines our relationship to water for “survival, well-being, community, competition, and flow.”

Author Tess Taylor and her new book Rift Zone.
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Talking with Tess Taylor

Last West and Rift Zone are ambitious works that uncover fault lines in California’s geology, human history, and future.

Deceit and Other Possibilities by Vanessa Hua, Counterpoint Press, 304 pages, $16.95
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Talking with Vanessa Hua

The author’s stories challenge readers to consider how immigrants define notions of family and home.