On this week’s podcast, Ms. Edugyan discusses, among other subjects, the research she did for the book, which draws on the history of slavery in Barbados, the early history of hot-air ballooning, Arctic exploration and more.
“It’s paramount for me to always be changing gears and shifting and trying something new,” Ms. Edugyan says. “I feel like I’d be repeating myself if I kept tackling the same material.”
Ms. Edugyan, whose parents moved to the United States and then Canada from Ghana, grew up on the western Canadian prairies, which has influenced her storytelling instincts. “I’m always looking for the story that’s a little bit hidden,” she says, “a story about black people that hasn’t been told.”
Also on this week’s episode, Lisa Margonelli talks about “Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology”; John Williams has news from the literary world; and Gregory Cowles, Tina Jordan and Mr. Williams talk about what people are reading. Pamela Paul is the host.
Here are the books discussed in this week’s “What We’re Reading”:
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