Devina Bhalla is an assistant arts editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a sophomore majoring in sociology and English. Devina can be reached at [email protected]

Exciting book releases for month of March

March 2020 brings an exciting array of new books. Here are eight of the most anticipated books of 2020 that launch this month. “Deacon King Kong” by James McBride “Deacon King Kong” is James McBride’s first novel after his award-winning work “The Good Lord Bird” (2013). This book dives into a Brooklyn community when a […]

Natalie Diaz’s highly anticipated collection ‘Postcolonial Love Poem’

Natalie Diaz’s highly anticipated second collection of poetry, entitled “Postcolonial Love Poem” (2020), was released on March 3. Diaz is a Mojave American poet, and her debut poetry collection, titled “When My Brother Was an Aztec,” was published in 2012. Diaz is also an educator and activist, along with being a former professional basketball player. […]

Brookline Booksmith hosts Poupeh Missaghi, author of ‘Trans(re)lating House One’

Brookline Booksmith, an independent bookstore in Brookline, Mass., started a transnational literature series in 2018. This series was created to bring in books, authors and translations that explore borders through their work. Poupeh Missaghi and her novel “Trans(re)lating House One” (2020) were featured on Feb. 12 in Brookline Booksmith’s used book cellar. The crowd itself […]

Porter Square Books: A community centerpiece

I often find myself at bookstores, and even more often I find myself at Porter Square Books (PSB). There are never seats available unless you’re really lucky because of all the people that frequent the store. When you first walk in, you start by looking at the fiction section, across from the bustling of Café […]

Miranda Popkey’s “Topics of Conversation” explores power and desire

Miranda Popkey’s debut novel “Topics of Conversation” (2020) brims with sex, violence, drinking and failed relationships. Its unnamed narrator goes over different conversations she’s had with women spanning back to the year 2000, her college graduation year. From a recent college graduate to a divorced single mother, she reveals the rawest and most troubled aspects […]

Bhallin’ with Books: ‘Born A Crime’ and a few final words

With the little taste of break that Thanksgiving gave us, I was able to finish reading Trevor Noah’s “Born A Crime” (2016). “Born A Crime” is another comedian’s autobiographical novel (perhaps I’m on a comedian kick thanks to Jenny Slate) full of stories from Noah’s childhood in South Africa. Noah is biracial and was born […]

Bhallin’ with Books: ‘Little Weirds’

“Little Weirds” (2019) by Jenny Slate is a journey. I struggled for a while trying to write this, to describe a book so weird yet so enjoyable. And I’m still not sure you’ll understand. Maybe you won’t until you pick it up yourself, which this hopefully gives you a push to do. Slate is a […]

Bhallin’ with Books: ‘How We Fight for Our Lives’

It’s that busy time of year, and unfortunately I was not able to attend Saeed Jones’ book talk about his latest memoir, “How We Fight for Our Lives” (2019), like I had planned. Jones’ book is important and deserves coverage though, so I am giving it some space here to talk to you all. “How […]

Bhallin’ with Books: ‘The Makioka Sisters’

“The Makioka Sisters” (1943–1948) by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki follows four aristocratic women in Osaka throughout the years preceding World War II. It is truly a wonderful read. The Makioka family is upper-middle class. However, the wealth that they once enjoyed in their father’s prime has been in decline along with the aristocratic way of life. Decline […]

Bhallin’ with Books: ‘Slave Old Man’

This week I was powerfully floored by Patrick Chamoiseau’s “Slave Old Man” (1997). Originally published in French and Creole in 1997, Linda Coverdale’s translation is accurate and allows for Chamoiseau’s beautiful and significant text to be read by English speakers. Chamoiseau was born in Martinique and is a celebrated author and part of the Créolité […]