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R.O. Kwon Debut novel, THE INCENDIARIES, published by @riverheadbooks (US) & @viragopress (UK). @neaarts Literature Fellow. Twitter: @rokwon http://ro-kwon.com/
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R.O. Kwon
Lately all I want to read is graphic novels & memoirs, last year was a very noisy year for me & I think I’m drawn to the silences that illustrated books can so movingly depict. Also: I just started @mirajacob’s book & it is 💥
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Lately all i want to read is graphic novels & memoirs, last year was a very noisy year for me & i think i’m drawn to the silences that illustrated books can so movingly depict. also: i just started @mirajacob’s book & it is 💥
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R.O. Kwon
♥️ So deeply thankful to these publications for naming THE INCENDIARIES a best book of the year: @bbc, @theatlantic, @sfchronicle, @cbc, @motherjonesmag, @cntraveler, @britandco, @hyphenmagazine, @lunalunamag, @bookbento, #crimereads, & @bookbub! ♥️ 2018 was the wildest, strangest year of my life. A hearty thank you for helping the year feel less wild!
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♥️ so deeply thankful to these publications for naming the incendiaries a best book of the year: @bbc, @theatlantic, @sfchronicle, @cbc, @motherjonesmag, @cntraveler, @britandco, @hyphenmagazine, @lunalunamag, @bookbento, #crimereads, & @bookbub! ♥️ 2018 was the wildest, strangest year of my life. a hearty thank you for helping the year feel less wild!
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I’ve obsessed over this infuriatingly difficult climbing route for a solid MONTH, & have made a tiny bit of progress—the first video’s from a climb in early December, & the second video’s from yesterday—but I still can’t finish it 💚😭💚
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Sometimes, in climbing as in writing, I think the difficulty itself is a perversely large part of the never-ending appeal, or at least that’s the pretty story I’m telling myself the next time I fall off the goddamn route
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I’ve obsessed over this infuriatingly difficult climbing route for a solid month, & have made a tiny bit of progress—the first video’s from a climb in early december, & the second video’s from yesterday—but i still can’t finish it 💚😭💚
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sometimes, in climbing as in writing, i think the difficulty itself is a perversely large part of the never-ending appeal, or at least that’s the pretty story i’m telling myself the next time i fall off the g*****n route
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This is my grandmother, who survived the hell of the Korean War & left Seoul at 50 to make a life in the U.S. & is the most terrifyingly indomitable woman I know. Our immigrant ancestors are superheroes. 💫
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This is my grandmother, who survived the hell of the korean war & left seoul at 50 to make a life in the u.s. & is the most terrifyingly indomitable woman i know. our immigrant ancestors are superheroes. 💫
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New life goal: look this rad while fighting this hard ✨
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New life goal: look this rad while fighting this hard ✨
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I dreamed my to-be-read* piles had multiplied in the night like Christ’s unruly miracle fish & then I woke up & it wasn’t a dream at all 📚🐟
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I dreamed my to-be-read* piles had multiplied in the night like christ’s unruly miracle fish & then i woke up & it wasn’t a dream at all 📚🐟
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R.O. Kwon
Thank you, so much, to @pbsbooks, @literaryhub, @todayshow, @electricliterature, @bustle, @kojoshow, @boston, @bookbub, & @vulture for this end-of-year ❤️ for THE INCENDIARIES
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Also, it was a joy to get to recommend 📚 for @nprcodeswitch!, easily one of my favorite things about having a book out in the world is getting to talk up other books 💛📚🎉
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Thank you, so much, to @pbsbooks, @literaryhub, @todayshow, @electricliterature, @bustle, @kojoshow, @boston, @bookbub, & @vulture for this end-of-year ❤️ for the incendiaries
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also, it was a joy to get to recommend 📚 for @nprcodeswitch!, easily one of my favorite things about having a book out in the world is getting to talk up other books 💛📚🎉
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Good lord I love my writing group ❤️
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Good lord i love my writing group ❤️
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R.O. Kwon
So very thankful to these publications for naming THE INCENDIARIES a best book of 2018. ❤️ & a whole lot of gratitude to @buzzfeedbooks, @entertainmentweekly, @bookmarksreads, @nylonmag, @pastemagazine, @theavc, @entropymagazine, @seattletimes, @popsugar, & @mental_floss. 💗
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So very thankful to these publications for naming the incendiaries a best book of 2018. ❤️ & a whole lot of gratitude to @buzzfeedbooks, @entertainmentweekly, @bookmarksreads, @nylonmag, @pastemagazine, @theavc, @entropymagazine, @seattletimes, @popsugar, & @mental_floss. 💗
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B-side picture from a joyful moment several months ago, when a @nytimes photo shoot took me into one of my favorite places in San Francisco, ✨Dog Eared Books✨ on Valencia Street
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If you’re looking for places to buy gifts these next few weeks, please keep your local bookstores in mind, they are bright lights in these difficult times
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📷: @peterprato 💛
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#indiebookstore #bookstores #booksbooksbooks #independentbookstore #missiondistrict
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B-side picture from a joyful moment several months ago, when a @nytimes photo shoot took me into one of my favorite places in san francisco, ✨dog eared books✨ on valencia street
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Beyond thrilled about this: THE INCENDIARIES is a finalist for the @bookcritics John Leonard Prize for best first book! & in such excellent company, including books by @jmlbrnkly, @king_nk, Tommy Orange, Francisco Cantú, Tara Westover, & Lisa Halliday. The award will be announced in January—more details in @jmcmurtrie’s @sfchronicle piece linked here: datebook.sfchronicle.com/books/finalists-announced-for-john-leonard-award-for-best-first-book.
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Also, got to recommend some books in the @wsj weekend issue. I wrote about Asian August & what a good summer it’s been for new books by Asian American women, including debut novels by @mononoke97, @crystalhanak, @zillianzi, & @lucyrtan. 💛💛💛💛
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Beyond thrilled about this: the incendiaries is a finalist for the @bookcritics john leonard prize for best first book! & in such excellent company, including books by @jmlbrnkly, @king_nk, tommy orange, francisco cantú, tara westover, & lisa halliday. the award will be announced in january—more details in @jmcmurtrie’s @sfchronicle piece linked here: datebook.sfchronicle.com/books/finalists-announced-for-john-leonard-award-for-best-first-book.
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also, got to recommend some books in the @wsj weekend issue. i wrote about asian august & what a good summer it’s been for new books by asian american women, including debut novels by @mononoke97, @crystalhanak, @zillianzi, & @lucyrtan. 💛💛💛💛
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Deeply grateful that THE INCENDIARIES has been named a best book of 2018 by @npr, @newsweek, @washingtonpost, @broadly, @bustle, @real_simple, @literaryhub, @largeheartedboy, @cosmopolitan, & @thrillist. ♥️ Four-plus months after my book came out, I often still feel so strange & vulnerable that it’s as though I’ve lost a layer of skin. But sometimes I have the luck of feeling a little less strange—thank you.
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Deeply grateful that the incendiaries has been named a best book of 2018 by @npr, @newsweek, @washingtonpost, @broadly, @bustle, @real_simple, @literaryhub, @largeheartedboy, @cosmopolitan, & @thrillist. ♥️ four-plus months after my book came out, i often still feel so strange & vulnerable that it’s as though i’ve lost a layer of skin. but sometimes i have the luck of feeling a little less strange—thank you.
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