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Michael McCanne

MICHAEL MCCANNE is a writer and editor at Lightful Press. He lives and works in Brooklyn.


Halfway through last year’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the official sign language interpreter, Thamsanqa Jantjie, started to deviate from what the world leaders standing next to him were saying.

In Exile

The 1991 disintegration of Yugoslavia shattered a 73-year-old project aimed at ethnic and national unity. Miljenko Jergović’s newly translated collection of stories, Mama Leone, traverses the before and after of that dissolution, passing through language, family history, and exile to form a fragmentary Bildungsroman.

A Period of Juvenile Prosperity

A Period of Juvenile Prosperity collects the images of a young, untrained photographer named Mike Brodie, who for several years wandered back and forth across the country by freight train and documented the people he encountered along the way.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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