This year, Lit Youngstown's monthly book discussion will focus on the idea of the writer: biographies, memoirs, fictional works with a writer protagonist.
All are welcome. Haven't read the book yet? No worries. We will meet at 6:00 at the Michael Kusalaba Library, 2815 Mahoning Ave.
All titles will be available at the Michael Kusalaba Library and at the YSU Barnes & Noble.
December 9 we will discuss the essay collection Intimations by Zadie Smith.
"There are probably going to be a lot of lockdown books. Or maybe not: maybe as the new world becomes the new normal we’ll want to hurry forward, away from our first intuitions of change, shedding them behind us because nothing’s so stale as the news from last week. But whichever way it turns out, I think this collection of little pieces by Zadie Smith will endure as a beautiful thing. Although it’s born out of the pandemic and the lockdown, it feels like a doorway into a new space for thought.
Smith is a wonderful essayist; she’s a natural. She writes as she thinks, and she thinks crisply and exactly, not in abstractions, but through the thick specificity of people and places, fragments of story. She doesn’t lay down the law, she argues with herself, so that the movement of her writing feels like the zigzag passage of perception inside a quick mind, not in love with its own opinions, uneasy with certainty.“
Tessa Hadley in The Guardian
Here is the rest of this year's series:
January 13 (eco-memoir) Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer
February 10 (biographical essay) Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie Glaude
March 10 (eco-memoir) World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
April 14 (fictionalized memoir) The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
May 12 (biography) The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution by Stephen Heyman