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January 2020 Magazine Issue

January 2020 Issue | 1986

Join us on a literary exploration of the year 1986 this month

Editor’s Note

A very happy new year to all our readers!


We had quite an adventurous 2019 with two magazine issues – one on the idea of change and the other on Egypt.


In 2020, we are going to be continuing this trend with an issue every month on themes we feel most strongly about. We have quite a list in works with book reviews, interviews, features, news and a lot more, so stay connected!

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Every January is a reason to celebrate, not just New Year’s Day but also new visions and goals, new convictions and resolutions. There is something about beginnings that lures us to start out with a blank slate. And so, this month, to celebrate a start, we are going to be looking at a year, random to most, but not to our editor, and journey through it with literature.


That random year is 1986 – the year our editor was born. It was the year in which Halley’s Comet reached the closest to Earth. It was the year in which the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded 73 seconds after launch. It was the year of the worst nuclear incident in history – the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion. It was the year in which noted Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma was born and the year in which one of the most vocal feminists Simone de Beauvoir died.
This January we plan to be looking at all these and more – we will take a look at some of our favorite books published in 1986, review books recommended by our friends and celebrate authors born in January (well, virtually on our website of course).

In This Issue

The Magical Language of Others by E J Koh

Published this month, The Magical Language of Others is a memoir by E J Koh that spans multiple generations and explores the complexities of transgressions that mothers and daughters commit, hard-won selfhood and the deeply painful but loving bonds one has to family, places, and memories

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Inspired by his own true adventures, Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet, published in 1986, is a spellbinding story of survival and transformation for young adults

Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict

Published this month, Lady Clementine is a first-person fictional account of Clementine, wife of Winston Churchill, who played an extremely influential role in her husband’s life and in the politics of her time

Ablaze: The Story of the Heroes and Victims of Chernobyl by Piers Paul Read

Chernobyl nuclear explosion was one of the world’s worst nuclear disaster that occurred on April 26, 1986

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

In this novel published in 1986, an aging Japanese painter reminisces and takes stock of his past in the aftermath of World War II to understand if he truly is culpable for the decisions he made before and during the war

Releasing in January 2020

A look at books releasing in January 2020

By Sanskriti Nagar

I'm a storyteller on a journey - to connect people with places, the past with the present, the contemporary with the traditional. I'm just stepping into the shoes of an explorer, aspiring to be a globetrotter, and someday, a novelist. Follow me through my journeys, and if something does resonate with you, or you'd like me to cover a story for you, I'd love to catch up. (PS: I love coffee!)

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