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Mieko Kawakami, whose poignant and pointed debut novel Breasts and Eggs is this season’s LARB’s Book Club selection, joins Medaya Ocher and Boris Dralyuk to discuss her career as a musician, poet, blogger, and author, the challenges facing women around the world, the state of Japanese literature, and the wonders of translation.

Also, Eric Cervini, author of The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual Vs. the United States of America, returns to recommend James Baldwin’s classic Giovanni’s Room.