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Mira Jacob

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Latest 18 Mar 2023 | Updated Daily

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Introducing Guest Host Mira Jacob


Big News: novelist/memoirist/wonderful human Mira Jacob will be stepping into the host chair this spring! This week, she and Jordan sit down for a pass-the-baton chat -- kicking off with a flashback to the very first Thresholds episode (and interview) from February 2020.MENTIONED: Mira's Thresholds interview "What You Might Not Know About 'Getting Roofied'" by Jordan Kisner Mira in conversation with Saeed Jones and Kiese Laymon for Bookable Mira Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator, and cultural critic. Her graphic memoir Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, named a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a best book of the year by Time, Esquire, Publisher’s Weekly, and Library Journal. It is currently in development as a television series with Film 44. Her novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Electric Literature, Tin House, Literary Hub, Guernica, Vogue, and the Telegraph. She is currently the visiting professor at MFA Creative Writing program at The New School, and a founding faculty member of the MFA Program at Randolph College. She is the co-founder of Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn, where she spent 13 years bringing literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to Williamsburg. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, documentary filmmaker Jed Rothstein, and their son. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


8 Feb 2023

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Episode 38: Mira Jacob on Mississippi Masala

Open Form

Welcome to Open Form, a weekly film podcast hosted by award-winning writer Mychal Denzel Smith. Each week, a different author chooses a movie: a movie they love, a movie they hate, a movie they hate to love. Something nostalgic from their childhood. A brand-new obsession. Something they’ve been dying to talk about for ages and their friends are constantly annoyed by them bringing it up.*In this episode of Open Form, Mychal talks to Mira Jacob (Good Talk) about the 1991 film Mississippi Masala, directed by Mira Nair and starring Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, and Roshan Seth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


9 Jun 2022

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Have a Good Talk with Mira Jacob

Wild Precious Life

Mira Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator, and cultural critic whose graphic memoir GOOD TALK has been described as “exactly the book America needs at this moment.” Annmarie and Mira discuss racism, social justice, and how to encourage our kids to ask difficult questions even when we don’t have all the answers.


26 May 2022

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Hannah Tinti, Mira Jacob, Jai Chakrabarti, and Marie-Helene Bertino | Small Odysseys: Selected Shorts Presents 35 New Stories

Free Library Podcast

Hannah Tinti is the author of the bestselling novels The Good Thief and The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley and the short story collection Animal Crackers. A creative writing professor in New York University's M.F.A. program, she is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference and the co-founder and executive editor of One Story magazine. Jai Chakrabarti's debut novel A Play for the End of the World was selected as one of 2021's best books by numerous periodicals. Formerly an emerging writer fellow with A Public Space, he has had his Pushcart Prize–winning short fiction anthologized in The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories. Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novels Parakeet and 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas, and the story collection Safe as Houses. A creative writing teacher at NYU and The New School, she has earned The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from MacDowell, Sewanee, and The Center for Fiction. Mira Jacob is the author of the celebrated novel The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing and Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. A fiction teacher at NYU, The New School, and Randolph College, her articles, drawings, and short fiction have been published in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, and Literary Hub. Edited by Tinti and published in partnership with the Selected Shorts literary radio program and live show, Small Odysseys presents never-before-published short stories by some of contemporary fiction's most acclaimed authors. (recorded 3/24/2022)

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25 Mar 2022

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Everybody Reads: Mira Jacob

The Archive Project

In this episode of The Archive Project, we bring you a talk from Mira Jacob, which was the culminating event of the 2022 Everybody Read’s program. Every year, the Multnomah County Library chooses one book they hope the whole city of Portland will read. Between January and April, the Library and their partner organizations, host events based around the themes of the book. And they distribute thousands of free copies—thanks to The Library Foundation—to readers of all ages from across the county. Here at Literary Arts, our role is to bring the featured author to town for a talk in front of a live audience. This year, the Library selected Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. In 2017, Jacob started posting comics to Instagram, featuring conversations with her young son. He had a lot of questions, many of them about Michael Jackson, and she did her best to answer them honestly. That project became Good Talk. The book is about her immediate and extended family, and it’s about coming of age and living in America as a woman, as a person of color, and as an artist. It asks more questions than it answers. Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere, said, “By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it’s exactly the book America needs at this moment.” The talk you are about to hear is remarkable not only for its depth of insight, but also for its range. Jacob is by turns tender, hilarious, sarcastic and sincere. Jacob talks about the deeply personal creative journey to creating Good Talk, and also explores the national context in which it was created—the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson or the political rise of Donald Trump, for example—and how they challenged her understanding of herself, her family, and the narrative about America she’s heard her whole life. “The thing I love about us is that we are the animals that will [talk to each other] again and again and again with this brazen hope that this time we will be understood. And sometimes we really are understood. Sometimes we really do hear each other. Sometimes it really is a good talk.” Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, and the graphic memoir Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her recent work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Glamour, Tin House, Electric Literature and Literary Hub. She lives in Brooklyn. “[Art is] something that no one has asked you for, and yet you feel compelled to create it.”

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21 Mar 2022

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#170 - Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

Books and Boba

On this episode, we discuss our February 2022 book club pick Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob , a  graphic memoir about growing up Indian in New Mexico and raising a child in the age of Trumpism. Joining us this time is fellow Potluck host Raman Sehgal (co-host of Modern Minorities & Quarantined Comics) who is a Good Talk superfan, having read the book 5 times. You can listen to more from our guest Raman on his podcasts Modern Minorities & Quarantined Comics and check out more of his thoughts on Good Talk at:Modern Minorities - EP 70: Mira Jacob (shares a) Good TalkQuarantined Comics - GOOD TALK ...hits a little too close to home*Support the podcast by purchasing books at our bookshop *Follow our hosts:Reera Yoo (@reeraboo)Marvin Yueh (@marvinyueh)Follow us:FacebookTwitterGoodreads GroupThe Books & Boba March 2022 pick is Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka AokiThis podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective


5 Mar 2022

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Mira Jacob, GOOD TALK: A Memoir in Conversations

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

Zibby is joined by Mira Jacob to talk about her latest book, Good Talk, which was named one of the best books of 2019 by the New York Times Book Review. The graphic memoir was the result of Mira's attempts to answer her young son's questions about race in America while dealing with the political developments of 2016 — especially those that took place within her own family. Mira tells Zibby how she was able to assemble this book despite not being an illustrator or a memoirist and how her husband's family has received her side of their shared story.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3m10EgUBookshop: https://bit.ly/2ZDyXTJ Now there's more! Subscribe to Acast+ and get exclusive access to the in-store author events at Zibby's Bookshop in Santa Monica, CA. Join today! https://plus.acast.com/s/moms-dont-have-time-to-read-books. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


2 Oct 2021

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Ep. 174 The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui -- The Stacks Book Club (Mira Jacob)

The Stacks

It’s The Stacks Book Club day and we’re discussing our first ever graphic memoir on the show. The book is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, and our guest is graphic memoirist (Good Talk), novelist (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing), and cultural critic, Mira Jacob. We talk today about the moment that a good book makes the reader examine themselves, books that don’t feel like reading, and the distillation of history for the sake of narrative.There are no spoilers on this episode.Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to find out The Stacks Book Club pick for August!You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/07/28/ep-174-the-best-we-could-doConnect with Mira: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


28 Jul 2021

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MIRA JACOB...has a Good Talk on Modern Minorities

Quarantined Comics

As you might know, Raman also hosts the podcast MODERN MINORITIES, where each week Raman + QC-pal Sharon hope to generate greater empathy and understanding through the stories of others minority experiences. One of our all time favorite comics is GOOD TALK, by Mira Jacob - a moving, autobiographical take on Mira’s conversations with her son, husband, family, and friends about race in Obama and Trump’s America. After reviewing the book on Quarantined Comics (https://www.qtdcomics.com/goodtalk) - Sharon + i reached out to the author Mira Jacob ...and no joke - it was it was one of my all time favorite podcast conversations, so we thought you might want to have a listen. And who knows, maybe when Ryan is back from Korea, we'll start bringing some of our favorite comics authors on Quarantined Comics so we can geek out on some of THEIR favorite comics...

1hr 13mins

16 Jul 2021

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Mira Jacob, Author

F***ing Shakespeare

If you have yet to read guest Mira Jacob’s 2019 memoir in conversations, Good Talk, we’re jealous. Praised for her “disarming wit,” Jacob achieves this by welcoming you into her indecision, her confusion, her wonder at raising a child against the backdrop of that tender point where politics meets the personal in 2016 America. In addition to it being hilariously funny and a master class in dialogue writing, the turn of Good Talk (and for that matter her exquisite novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing), is that she doesn’t flatten the world to make sense of it — she complicates it. She explains the stuff she knows, as well as the stuff she doesn’t know, about a world we think we know but don’t really. Before long, you’re laughing, crying, and struggling to figure it out right along with her. In a talk she gave to young women writers at the NYC non-profit “Girls Write Now,” Jacob said that early on she didn’t know why she wanted to be a writer, she just wanted to make words that made worlds. In the podcast, we talk about how Jacob taught herself how to draw for Good Talk, her publishing journey in an industry that still caters to an imaginary white audience, discussing race with people you love, and the importance of maintaining curiosity as a parent. For the rich conversations that come out of the worlds she has wrought, we are so lucky. Work by Mira Jacob:Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations (2019)The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing (2014)Honorable mentions:Jason ReynoldsChris Jackson’s work with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Victor LaValle, and Mat JohnsonThings we learned:Jacob’s cat is named Samuel L. JacksonIf her characters remind you of your own Malayali mother so much that you need to tell her in a drunken letter, She WILL read and in fact cherish itIf you don’t tell the people you’re pitching your graphic novel to that you can’t draw, they most likely won’t ask, and then you can teach yourself to do it anywayWe should drop the word panache from our collective vocabularies ASAP Photo credit: In Kim


7 Jul 2021