SF Chronicle Book Review, 15 March 2009

Books self is interested in reading after perusing the 15 March 2009 issue of The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review — a very short list, but they reviewed Ogawa, and one of the reviews is written by Abraham Verghese (who seems to be everywhere these days, including Stanford, where he now teaches):

(1) After reading Abraham Verghese’s review of San Francisco writer Minal Hajratwala’s Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents:

Minal Hajratwala’s Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents

(2) After reading Joan Frank’s review of Yoko Ogawa’s latest novel, The Housekeeper and The Professor:

Yoko Ogawa’s The Housekeeper and The Professor

(3) After reading Charles Matthews’ review of Cara Black’s ninth Aimee Leduc mystery, Murder in the Latin Quarter:

Cara Black’s Murder in the Latin Quarter


  1. Charles Tan said,

    April 8, 2009 at 10:54 am


    Didn’t know where to email you. Just wanted to inform you that your short story, “Isa,” is now out in Rogue’s April issue (just got released today).

  2. April 8, 2009 at 11:57 am


    Thank you for letting me know! I’m excited to see the issue.

    You left a comment on my post about “What is the future of Filipino Lit,” and I’ve been meaning to thank you. Also, I’ve been reading your blog! You featured an interview with Daphne Gottlieb a few weeks ago — she and I were together last year at the Mendocino Writers Conference.

  3. Charles Tan said,

    April 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I can buy you an extra copy if you want. You can find the cover here (and your name’s in front!): http://rogue.ph/

    Alas, that comment was too short.

    “Featured” is too strong a word. More like linked to her interview. Glad to hear about your experience at the Mendocino Writers Conference.

    Right now I’m eager for your latest short story collection…

  4. April 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    YIPPEEE! Thanks so much for sending the link!!!

    My new collection is called “The Lost Language.” Anvil is publishing it there. In fact, I’m just signing the contract today 🙂

  5. Charles Tan said,

    April 9, 2009 at 8:14 am

    When will the book be released (or at least an estimate on what month)?

  6. April 9, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Anvil said it would be released this year. I’m guessing July? Originally it was short stories and a novella, but now it’s just the short stories, so I had to write a couple more to up the page count, and I just finished doing that . . .

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