Respected writer Marilynn Robinson's first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award for best first novel in 1982, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for fiction that year. (Robinson received the Pulitzer in 2005 for Gilead.) [more inside]
Maxine Hong Kingston grew up in two worlds: the "solid America," of confounding white "ghosts" to which her parents emigrated, and the misogynistic China of her mother's mesmerizing "talk-stories," where girls were worthless, tradition was exalted and only a strong, wily warrior woman could scratch her way upward. The next meeting of the Mefi Book Club will be held in MetaChat on Tuesday, April 26th. We'll be discussing Ms. Kingston's powerful, controversial and award-winning memoir, The Woman Warrior, and her attempts to discern the truths behind those talk-stories while discovering her personal identity. Please check out the Hungerford lecture on the book (or watch the video), and join us!
Discussion thread regarding Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 and the accompanying Prof. Hungerford lecture just went up in Metachat. [more inside]
It's that monthly book club notice. MeTa book club, still reading our way through the syllabus for the Open Yale course on post WWII US literature, is now reading John Barth's Lost in the Funhouse. Discussion goes up in MetaChat on December 6. Around December 20, in MetaChat, we will discuss next choice of book. Lots more information here in the MetaChat wiki, or via the book club link to the wiki on the Meta Talk sidebar.