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BookStalked: Manuel Gonzales

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Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Manuel Gonzales at an event thrown by his publisher, Riverhead. Manuel was in town from Austin to promote his buzzy debut collection, The Miniature Wife. Manuel’s surrealist short stories range in subject from a composer who talks through his ears to a man who accidentally shrinks his wife. Many have raved about Manuel’s work, though the coolest praise may be from the NYT, who called the tales: “Delightful freakishness.”

Manuel had some great stories to share in person, so I knew I had to BookStalk him immediately. Click on the jump for some tales about Manuel’s most memorable reading, the question he always gets asked, and the most unforgettable event he’s attended.

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BookStalked: Catherine Chung (Forgotten Country)

Catherine Chung’s first novel, Forgotten Country (named an Indie Next, O Magazine and Publishers Weekly pick), skillfully weaves a Korean family’s history with their rather dire present. When Janie’s sister Hannah was born in Korea, her grandmother told them that the family had lost a daughter in every generation since the Japanese occupation of Korea. When college-aged Hannah goes missing in Michigan, Janie is charged with finding her and bringing her back. Focusing on themes of family, legend, loss and immigration, the book has been called “luminous,” “gorgeous” and “inexpressibly beautiful.”

A Midwestern transplant, Catherine now lives in New York and is a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. True to her writing style, she provided me with some truly momentous and magical tales—after the jump.

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