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EPISODE 22 - SHUGGIE BAIN
BY DOUGLAS STUART
Summer reading reviewing 2020 Man Booker Prize winner 'Shuggie Bain' by debut Scottish LGBT novelist Douglas Stuart. As hyper-masculine 1980's Glasgow, Scotland faces the final stages of it's 20th century socioeconomic decline, young Hugh "Shuggie" Bain finds his emerging queer identity keeps him isolated at home standing vigil over the final decline of his alcoholic mother Agnes. Before the end comes for the city and Agnes, both must transmit their better angels to Shuggie, and he his unconditional love to them. Cúirt Festival interview with the author on the back half!
Reading and reviewing the complete works of Jewish-American poet and Yale University professor Louise Glück. Following her winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2020, mainstream literary society began taking greater notice of Dr. Glück's uniquely austere (and unfiltered) autobiographical verse style capturing late 20th and early 21st century daily life from a distinctly feminine perspective. Wonderful Q&A session by Dr. Glück herself courtesy of the Academy of Achievement on the back half!
EPISODE 21 - POETRY
BY LOUISE GLÜCK
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month on Read&Succeed and celebrating reviewing Korean Japanese novelist Yu Miri's heartrending 2020 National Book Award for Translated Literature winner 'Tokyo Ueno Station' translated by American writer Morgan Giles. An atmospheric, spiritual exploration of modern life through the eyes of Japan's most vulnerable citizens; the homeless population living in-and-around Ueno Station in central Tokyo. Content by the Japan Foundation, New York on the back half!
EPISODE 20 - TOKYO UENO STATION
BY YU MIRI
Celebrating National Poetry Month in April with episode two of a three-episode series on AsianAmerican literature reviewing Korean-American translator Don Mee Choi's shocking mixed-media poem-journal of the isolated colonies of elderly Koreans actually living ON the demilitarized zone since 1951; all oddly loyal to all Korea's, North or South, despite being abused (and theoretically imprisoned) by both. Special roundtable discussion with the author courtesy of the Asian American Writers Workshop on the back half
EPISODE 19 - DMZ COLONY
BY DON MEE CHOI
World Theater Day in March and kicking off a three-episode series on Asia-American literature with Taiwanese-American writer Charles Yu's brilliant winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, the screenplay-novel 'Interior Chinatown'. Aspiring Asian-American actor Willis Wu desires more than stereotyped Asian-American bit parts in both is career (and his life). To rise above the Chinatown on set, and in his city, Wu must first start with the Chinatown he's allowed American culture to erect in his own heart.