Contributor Update, Paisley Rekdal

Join Superstition Review in congratulating past contributor Paisley Rekdal on her forthcoming book, Appropriate A Provocation, which will be released on February 16th. The book explores the concept of appropriation, as well as, the questions: “How do we properly define cultural appropriation, and is it always wrong? If we can write in the voice of another, should we? And if so, what questions do we need to consider first?” Paisley, in the novel, “addresses a young writer to delineate how the idea of cultural appropriation has evolved—and perhaps calcified—in our political climate. What follows is a penetrating exploration of fluctuating literary power and authorial privilege, of whiteness and what we really mean by the term empathy, that examines writers from William Styron to Peter Ho Davies to Jeanine Cummins.”

“Anyone who wishes to understand appropriation, and not just react to it, should read this book. Paisley Rekdal brings years of teaching, writing, and critical thinking to this subject, with literary analyses, historical and theoretical frameworks, and practical advice. Appropriate is a book of immense wisdom and clarity, sure to become required reading for writers everywhere.”

—Beth Bich Minh Nguyen, author of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner

Click here to pre-order Appropriate A Provocation. Be sure to also check out Paisley’s website and Twitter, as well as, our interview with her from Issue 19 and her past Authors Talk.

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10 thoughts on “Contributor Update, Paisley Rekdal

  • February 11, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Congratulations Paisley! As a writer, this is a topic I have a lot of questions about and not a lot of answers for. Congratulations on releasing your book.

  • February 14, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    “Appropriate a Provocation” sounds like a fascinating read. Given the political and social climate, what constitutes as cultural appropriation has become increasingly complex. There are so many different perspectives to explore. I’m interesting in reading it once it’s released!

  • February 14, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Cultural appropriation is something that hasn’t always been clear to me, but I’m interested in because as a Vietnamese American, I often question whether someone is appropriating my culture or simply celebrating it. I’ll make sure to check out “Appropriate a Provocation”!

  • February 15, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    As an Asian American, it makes me very excited and happy to see a novel addressing cultural appropriation! It’s a very important issue that is not easily understood, hence why it needs to be discussed and written about. Will definitely be reading this book when it’s released…

  • February 16, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Very excited to know more about this, personally I am not well versed on the subject and would love to be more knowledgable about cultural appropriation

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