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Celebrating National Poetry Month in April with episode two of a three-episode series on Asia-American 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 courstey of the Asian Amerian 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.
EPISODE 18 - INTERIOR CHINATOWN
BY CHARLES YU
Celebrating Black History Month on Read&Succeed! Reviewing late Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Les Payne's riveting 2020 winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction 'The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X', completed by his daughter and principle researcher Tamara Payne. The entire Payne family joins for discussion about the text, their late husband and father Les Payne, and most importantly Malcolm X himself courtesy of the GBH Forum Network and the Boston Public Library.
EPISODE 17 - THE DEAD ARE ARISING: THE LIFE OF MALCOLM X
BY LES & TAMARA PAYNE
EPISODE 16 - A SONG FOR A NEW DAY
BY SARAH PINSKER
Kicking off our 2021 Season on Read&Succeed! Graphic designer at GHD Graphics, sci-fi enthusiast, and old friend Mr. Joe Hardwick joins to review American novelist Sarah Pinsker's 2020 Nebula Award winning text 'A Song for a New Day' (2019), prophetically written about two young womens' search for music, courage, identity, and connection during extended lockdown in a fictional global pandemic. Joe and Dave discuss their thoughts on the novel, the definition, past, present, and future of the sci-fi genre.
British author Charles Dickens' 1843 holiday classic about the power of the Christmas Spirit(s) to melt even the coldest hearts Christmas past, Christmas present, and even Christmas yet to come. Great discussion with Dr. Diane Calhoun-French, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Jefferson Community & Technical College and Dickens scholar about Mr. Dickens' own literary and life transformations around the time the text was published.