44 min

Episode 104: Lilliam Rivera Keep the Channel Open

    • Visual Arts

In her young adult novels, Lilliam Rivera tells familiar stories in new ways—instead of a typical teen drama or dystopian science fiction, she centers Latina characters in stories that take on topics like colorism and gentrification. In our conversation, we talked about why she’s drawn to stories about young people, what it means to buy into the American Dream, and whether violence is actually empowering. Then for the second segment, we discussed the controversy around the recent novel American Dirt.

In her young adult novels, Lilliam Rivera tells familiar stories in new ways—instead of a typical teen drama or dystopian science fiction, she centers Latina characters in stories that take on topics like colorism and gentrification. In our conversation, we talked about why she’s drawn to stories about young people, what it means to buy into the American Dream, and whether violence is actually empowering. Then for the second segment, we discussed the controversy around the recent novel American Dirt.

44 min

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