The Rumpus Book Club chats with Achy Obejas about her new story collection, The Tower of the Antilles (Akashic Books, July 2017), the differences between working in fiction and journalism, what she’s learned from translating works of others, writing toward a “primordial Cuba,” and why we should all read poetry every day.

This is an edited transcript of the book club discussion. Every month The Rumpus Book Club hosts a discussion online with the book club members and the author, and we post an edited version online as an interview. To become a member of the Rumpus Book Club, click here. Upcoming writers include Wioletta Greg, Carmen Maria Machado, Jon McGregor, Kate Braverman, and more.

This Rumpus Book Club interview was edited by Marisa Siegel.

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