Folkland Book Club featuring books from Small Press Distribution
Join us for a monthly book club featuring titles from Small Press Distribution. Pick up a free copy of our November book at the October Book Club meeting on 10/30, or at the Main Library Reference desk starting on October 31 while supplies last.
OUR NOVEMBER 2019 BOOK CLUB PICK:
IRRADIATED CITIES by Mariko Nagai
Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Art. Hybrid Genre. Asian & Asian American Studies. Winner of the 2015 NOS Book Contest, as selected by guest judge lê thi diem thúy. The before, the after, and the event that divides. In IRRADIATED CITIES, Mariko Nagai seeks the dividing events of nuclear catastrophe in Japan, exploring the aftermath of the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima. Nagai's lyric textual fragments and stark black and white photographs act as a guide through these spaces of loss, silence, echo, devastation, and memory. And haunting each shard and each page an enduring irradiation, the deadly residue of catastrophe that leaks into our DNA.
Having grown up in Europe and America, Mariko Nagai studied English with a concentration in poetry at New York University where she was the Erich Maria Remarque Fellow. She has received Pushcart Prizes both in poetry and fiction (nominated five times in total) and has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for the Arts, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Yaddo, and Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, to name a few. She currently lives in Tokyo and is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Japanese Literature at Temple University Japan Campus.
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.
Please note: Folkland book club regularly meets on the last Wednesday of the month, but due to holidays the November book club will be meeting on 11/20.