(by Viktor Miller-Gausa

This series of prints for clothing brand of the INDIWD. We started working together, creating prints with WU-TANG CLAN, Eminem, Ice Cube and other rap singers .
This is the very first prints, which I painted only in black clothes. Later, we decided to make prints on various topics. So was drawn Yuri Gagarin and Indian. Now we continue to work together, and the collection includes prints from famous basketball player. I think we will continue to work together and do not already have one interesting print, in addition, there are no restrictions in the choice of themes for the illustrations.

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Fall 2014 Adult Fiction Releases by Asian American Authors

I thought I’d do another roundup of AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) authors, this time authors with books coming out this fall, sorted by publication date. I’ve sorted the books out by genre (Adult/Nonfiction/YA/Children’s) and a new genre roundup will be released every Monday. I hope you find a book that suits your fancy!

While I’ve looked through thousands of books to find AAPI authors, it’s possible that I missed some so feel free to tell me, whether through email, my ask box or Twitter

After the jump: Novel synopsis + more details. 

*As noted by shore4liner, two authors aren’t AAPI but just Japanese, but I thought they merited a place on this list anyway. Reading more books by Asian authors is always a plus, in my book.

 For more AAPI releases in other genres, check out my archive

Adult Novels

1. The Roommates: True Tales of Friendship, Rivalry, Romance, and Disturbingly Close Quarters by Stephanie Wu (Essay Collection)- Picador/Macmillan, August 5th 2014

The fraught relationship between roommates is a true cultural obsession. Shows like FriendsThe Golden GirlsThe Odd Couple, and New Girl have held us rapt for decades, simultaneously delighting and disconcerting us with their depictions of mismatched couples’ cringe-worthy awkwardness and against-all-odds friendship. Maybe it’s that uniquely unnatural experience of living with a total stranger that ignites our curiosity, or just that almost all of us, for better or worse, have had one of our own.

In The Roommates, people of all ages reveal their disastrous, hilarious, and sometimes moving stories of making their best friend for life or lifelong nemesis. Learn what it’s like to share a room in places as unusual as a thirty-person beach house, a billionaire’s yacht, a reality show mansion, and a retirement hotel, and those as familiar as sleepaway camps, boarding schools, and college dorms. Put down your roommate’s dirty dishes and passive-aggressive Post-its for this eye-opening glimpse into how people live together in the modern age.

2.. Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera (fiction)- St.Martin’s Press/Macmillan, September 2nd, 2014

A stunning literary debut of two young women on opposing sides of the devastating Sri Lankan Civil War—winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia, longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize Before violence tore apart the tapestry of Sri Lanka and turned its pristine beaches red, there were two families. Yasodhara tells the story of her own Sinhala family, rich in love, with everything they could ask for. As a child in idyllic Colombo, Yasodhara’s and her siblings’ lives are shaped by social hierarchies, their parents’ ambitions, teenage love and, subtly, the differences between Tamil and Sinhala people; but the peace is shattered by the tragedies of war. Yasodhara’s family escapes to Los Angeles. But Yasodhara’s life has already become intertwined with a young Tamil girl’s…

Saraswathie is living in the active war zone of Sri Lanka, and hopes to become a teacher. But her dreams for the future are abruptly stamped out when she is arrested by a group of Sinhala soldiers and pulled into the very heart of the conflict that she has tried so hard to avoid – a conflict that, eventually, will connect her and Yasodhara in unexpected ways.

In the tradition of Michael Ondatjee’s Anil’s Ghost and Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small ThingsIsland of a Thousand Mirrors is an emotionally resonant saga of cultural heritage, heartbreaking conflict and deep family bonds. Narrated in two unforgettably authentic voices and spanning the entirety of the decades-long civil war, it offers an unparalleled portrait of a beautiful land during its most difficult moment by a spellbinding new literary talent who promises tremendous things to come.

3. Shoplifter by Michael Cho (Comic/Graphic Novel)- Pantheon/Macmillan, September 2nd, 2014

Corinna Park used to have big plans. 

Studying English literature in college, she imagined writing a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. But she’s been working at the same advertising agency for the past five years and the only thing she’s written is…copy. Corinna knows there must be more to life, but and she faces the same question as does everyone in her generation: how to find it?

Here is the brilliant debut graphic novel about a young woman’s search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city.

4. Malice by Keigo Higashino [translated] (Mystery)- Minotaur Books/Macmillan, October 7th, 2014

Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he’s planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock solid alibis. Or so it seems. 

At the crime scene, Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka’s best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi. Years ago when they were both teachers, they were colleagues at the same public school. Kaga went on to join the police force while Nonoguchi eventually left to become a full-time writer, though with not nearly the success of his friend Hidaka. 

As Kaga investigates, he eventually uncovers evidence that indicates that the two writers’ relationship was very different that they claimed, that they were anything but best friends.  But the question before Kaga isn’t necessarily who, or how, but why. In a brilliantly realized tale of cat and mouse, the detective and the killer battle over the truth of the past and how events that led to the murder really unfolded. And if Kaga isn’t able to uncover and prove why the murder was committed, then the truth may never come out. 

5. Last Winter We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura [translated] (Fiction)- Soho Press, October 21, 2014

Instantly reminiscent of the work of Osamu Dazai and Patricia Highsmith, Fuminori Nakamura’s latest novel is a dark and twisting house of mirrors that philosophically explores the violence of aesthetics and the horrors of identity.

A young writer arrives at a prison to interview a convict. The writer has been commissioned to write a full account of the case, from its bizarre and grisly details to the nature of the man behind the crime. The suspect, a world-renowned photographer named Kiharazaka, has a deeply unsettling portfolio—lurking beneath the surface of each photograph is an acutely obsessive fascination with his subject.

He stands accused of murdering two women—both burned alive—and will likely face the death penalty. But something isn’t quite right, and as the young writer probes further, his doubts about this man as a killer intensify. He soon discovers the desperate, twisted nature of all who are connected to the case, struggling to maintain his sense of reason and justice. Is Kiharazaka truly guilty, or will he die to protect someone else?

Evoking Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s “Hell Screen” and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Fuminori Nakamura has crafted a chilling novel that asks a deceptively sinister question: Is it possible to truly capture the essence of another human being?

6. A Map of Betrayal  by Ha Jin (Fiction)- Pantheon/Macmillan, November 4th 2014

From the award-winning author of Waiting: a spare, haunting tale of espionage and conflicted loyalties that spans half a century in the entwined histories of two countries—China and the United States—and two families as it explores the complicated terrain of love and honor.

When Lilian Shang, born and raised in America, discovers her father’s diary after the death of her parents, she is shocked by the secrets it contains. She knew that her father, Gary, convicted decades ago of being a mole in the CIA, was the most important Chinese spy ever caught. But his diary—an astonishing chronicle of his journey from 1949 Shanghai to Okinawa to Langley, Virginia—reveals the pain and longing that his double life entailed. The trail leads Lilian to China, to her father’s long-abandoned other family, whose existence she and her Irish American mother never suspected. As Lilian begins to fathom her father’s dilemma—torn between loyalty to his motherland and the love he came to feel for his adopted country—she sees how his sense of duty distorted his life. But as she starts to understand that Gary, too, had been betrayed, she finds that it is up to her to prevent his tragedy from damaging yet another generation of her family. 

MD: Despite Prince Wu’s obnoxiousness and arrogance, he’s a good guy underneath. We wrote him to be goofy and to annoy Mako, but when he has his breakdown on the fake thrown in the restaurant in episode three, he showed his vulnerable side, and his character gained some more depth. It’s always fun to write for characters like this, who don’t have any social filters and say and do whatever they like.

BK: As you can see above, Prince Wu went through a lot of version in the concept stage. In most of them he seemed too cool, even if it was a dorky sort of cool. I kept pushing to make him more feeble, with less of a chiseled jawline. Prince Wu concept on far left by Lauren Montgomery. Other Prince Wu concepts by Ki-Hyun Ryu.