CANCELLED--Folkland Book Club featuring books from Small Press Distribution
Join us in March for our monthly book club featuring titles from Small Press Distribution. Pick up a free copy of our March book at the February Book Club meeting (2/26), or at the Main Library Reference desk starting on February 27 while supplies last.
MARCH’S BOOK CLUB PICK:
Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being by Amy Fung
Literary Nonfiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Native American Studies. Women's Studies. BEFORE I WAS A CRITIC I WAS A HUMAN BEING is the debut collection of essays by Amy Fung. In it, Fung takes a closer examination at Canada's mythologies of multiculturalism, settler colonialism, and identity through the lens of a national art critic. Following the tangents of a foreign-born perspective and the complexities and complicities in participating in ongoing acts of colonial violence, the book as a whole takes the form of a very long land acknowledgment. Taken individually, each piece roots itself in the learning and unlearning process of a first-generation settler immigrant as she unfurls each region's sense of place and identity.
Amy Fung is a writer, researcher and curator born in Kowloon, Hong Kong. She spent her formative years in and around Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory. BEFORE I WAS A CRITIC I WAS A HUMAN BEING (Book*hug, 2019) is her first book. Her writing has been published and commissioned by national and international publications, galleries, museums, festivals, and journals since 2007. Her multifarious curatorial projects have spanned exhibitions, cinematic and live presentations, as well as discursive events across Canada and abroad.
Our book club moderator is Layla Forrest-White. She grew up in San Francisco, and has been in the East Bay since attending graduate school at UC Berkeley, where she received her PhD in Comparative Literature. Since graduation, she has worked in local organizations promoting access to education for underserved populations. In her spare time, she plays basketball, swims, and, of course, reads. Her favorite book is In Search of Lost Time,
and she can't wait to read new books with new people.