Author: Stephanie Tran

Politically Cartoonish: Remember June?

Hello, and welcome to the June edition of Politically Cartoonish. Apologies for the lateness of June’s column. As with the rest of WWAC, the Politically Cartoonish column is working to include analyses of non-U.S. and non-Western issues. Readers are encouraged to send political cartoon suggestions to the author via her Twitter handle @youandyourego. It seems as if everyone had something to say about Alex Tizon’s Atlantic essay on Eudocia Tomas Pulido, a distant relative of his that worked for his family for years without pay, and reporter and artist Sukjong Hong was no different. Hong’s cartoon “The Slavemaster’s Son” for...

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Book Beat: N.K. Jemisin Comes To TV

Hello all! Hope you’re all doing well. Ashley was absolutely right when she talked about the power of books last week, especially in times of great fear. While Ashley recommended poetry and quite a few non-fiction suggestions from some Canadian authors, I usually turn to sci-fi and fantasy to help me hope again. There’s just something about being in a completely new world where anything can happen, especially when these places allow traditionally oppressed people to really spread their wings. That’s why I’m happy to say that N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, which recently netted Jemisin a Hugo, is...

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Book Beat: Author Earnings and the Value of Books

Hello all! Welcome back to Book Beat! The publishing world has been pretty quiet this past week, but we still have some author and movie successes to share as well as news about upcoming books with some unusual authors and subjects. Remember George R. R. Martin’s vague update on his work on Winds of Winter? Well, it turns out that his fans aren’t the only one who have been waiting for any little word on his latest. GRRM recently visited his publisher’s building in NYC and joked that people on the street knew him, but not the security guard...

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Book Beat: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Starts Filming

Welcome back to Book Beat! Alas, a theme for this week’s Beat has completely eluded me, but we still have some exciting moving picture and new book news regardless! The first book-to-moving picture news is that YA romance novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is set to be made into a movie and they already have their lead in Lana Condor! The film, which has started production in Vancouver, Canada, will also be directed by and written by women as well. As an Asian-American myself it will be nice to see an Asian lead...

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Book Beat: First Glimpse of the Mrs. W’s

Hello all! We are back this week with news about some of our favorite book series! Warner Bros. and the Tolkien estate have finally settled on a five year-long legal battle over Warner Bros.’ breach of contract and copyright infringement for Lord of the Rings merchandise – specifically “electronic and digital rights, rights in media yet to be devised or other intangibles such as rights in service.” In other words, the Tolkiens were really mad about that Lord of the Rings online slot game. So remember this, aspiring writers: be careful what rights you sell away. You probably don’t...

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