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Jessica (Jo) Chang

Jessica (Jo) Chang has 5 articles published.

Jo Chang is a freshman studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. She is the Managing Editor at Sooth Swarm Journal, and a past participant in the Winter Tangerine Writer’s Workshop (Summer 2017). Currently, she is also a paid blogger for the university-affiliated arts and culture blog, art[seen]. Jo can be reached via email at [email protected]

Event Review: Award-Winning Novelist Yaa Gyasi Talks About Finding Home with Students at University of Michigan

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On Tuesday, February 6, Yaa Gyasi, author of the award-winning novel, Homegoing was part of a panel at the 2018 Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture at the University of Michigan. The event, Homegoing: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi was structured as a conversational, Q&A format between University of Michigan professors Gaurav Desai and Aida Levy-Hussen and the author herself. I read Homegoing a few months prior to this event and I loved it, so I was excited to to see author Yaa Gyasi in person and listen to her speak about hr book and life as a writer. Gyasi is somewhat soft-spoken, but has a sense of humor and warmth about her that instantly makes you feel comfortable, like talking with…

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BookTrib Review: ‘The Beekeeper’ Highlights Perseverance, Bravery and Strength

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The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, is, outwardly, a story of a beekeeper who risks everything to rescue Daesh women from torture and enslavement. While the beekeeper is a central figure, it becomes abundantly clear that the real focus of the story is on the women, themselves. Poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, through a series of interviews with various women escapees from the clutches of Daesh (ISIS), presents an unflinching account of tragic events. The reality of what they’ve endured is haunting: sexual abuse and assault, loss of family and friends, psychological torture, forced labor, and murder. Mikhail highlights their perseverance, bravery, and strength in the face of such hardships. In 2014, ISIS invaded northern Iraqi villages to…

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A Year of Memories: 15 New Memoirs We Can’t Wait to Read This Year

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What makes for a good memoir? That depends on who you ask. We think it is a mix of those life lessons that we can’t get anywhere else and the original stories and unforgettable stories that make memoirs special and relatable. BookTrib’s memoir writing contest ends this week and we thought it would be a good idea to share with our readers some of the memoirs we look forward to reading this year! Here’s a list of the 15 most anticipated memoir we will be adding to our bookshelves this year. The Line Becomes a River, Francisco Cantu Francisco Cantú recounts his life on the Mexican border. From his childhood in the Southwest to his adult career as a Border…

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Feast on This: 6 Tasty Books about Food for the Holidays!

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It’s December, which means time for feasts and festivities with loved ones! Over the next few weeks year-long dreams of consuming seasonal delicacies and your holiday favorites will become reality. Books about food are a great way to fill a craving without packing on all the extra pounds this time of year. Here’s a selection of books where foods of all kinds, from all cultures are the focus. Each one is so beautifully written with detailed descriptions of food that are so vivid, you can almost taste them! Ranging from cookbooks to psychological thrillers, these reads are bound to make your mouth water with saucy plots and and tempting titles. Go on…indulge your appetite for something great to read! Pok…

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Kazuo Ishiguro and 6 More Works by Asian Writers

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There is a growing demand for talented writers in the workplace. The BookTrib Writer-In-Residence Program is an exciting paid opportunity for new writers to hone their skills and prepare for a career in journalism, publishing, marketing, public relations or any other profession that values good writing. Jessica (Jo) Chang is one our two 2017 Writers-in-Residence. Read this exciting piece on the works of contemporary Asian authors by Ms. Chang.   Kazuo Ishiguro, recent recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, is hailed for his grasp on prose that addresses the ideas of past and present, reality and fantasy, and what it means to be on the side of each dichotomy. Though his more well-known works include Never Let Me Go and The Remains…

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