Wednesday, October 16, 2019

PANEL DISCUSSION FOR NEA's "THE BIG READ" - "What Defines Literary Genres?" with Gabriel Hart, Susan Rukeyser, and Jon Christopher (mediated by Jean-Paul Garnier)

   Last month I had the pleasure of joining fellow desert authors Susan, Jon, and Jean-Paul to dissect literary genres for The National Endowment For The Arts "Big Read" event at Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree. It was meditative, opinionated and even hilarious at parts, and I think we all walked away seeing certain genres we thought we had pinned in a slightly broader way. You can hear it in its entirety here.

   "The Big Read" oversaw a month's worth of events focusing on Emily St. John Mandel's brilliant dystopian-fiction best-seller, "Station Eleven." Since there had been a lot of opposing viewpoints pertaining to what genre it fell into, we included it in our discussion - praising it as well as picking it apart, while challenging our own definitions of literary genre.

                             (L-R: Jean-Paul Garnier, Gabriel Hart, Susan Rukeyser, Jon Christopher)
                                                                                           Photo by Mia Torres.

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