In the mid-90s when I was living in Providence, I had two fortune cookie predictions that I saved. One said, you are heading for a land of sunshine. Indeed, I had decided by then to move to California. The other said, you are a lover of words, you will write a book. The thought intrigued me. I might have had vague notions about writing a book, but there wasn’t much reality behind them; and I’m a strong realist. At that point I had barely finished two or three stories. I had actually imagined my first book would be a novel, and I began one. But that one didn’t gel after about five or six chapters and I put it aside. Then I proceeded to write a series of new stories. I did not have the idea of putting them together as a book, but one of my mentors, the novelist Victor LaValle, persuaded me that there was a book there. Now that the book has been published, I can see that the stories do come together as a book.
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Newly formed Bangladesh Transgender Welfare Foundation demands equality for estimated 1.2 million trans people in the country.