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John Freeman, editor of TALES OF TWO AMERICAS in conversation with Richard Russo and Kerri Arsenault (contributors)

Submitted by Emily on Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:39am

Monday, May 14, 7:00PM
John Freeman, editor of TALES OF TWO AMERICAS: STORIES OF INEQUALITY IN A DIVIDED NATION in conversation with Richard Russo and Kerri Arsenault, contributors

Thirty-six major contemporary writers examine life in a deeply divided America—including Anthony Doerr, Ann Patchett, Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, Hector Tobar, Joyce Carol Oates, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Russo, Eula Bliss, Karen Russell, and many more. America is broken. You don’t need a fistful of statistics to know this. Visit any city, and evidence of our shattered social compact will present itself. From Appalachia to the Rust Belt and down to rural Texas, the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest stretches to unimaginable chasms. Whether the cause of this inequality is systemic injustice, the entrenchment of racism in our culture, the long war on drugs, or immigration policies, it endangers not only the American Dream but our very lives. In TALES OF TWO AMERICAS, some of the literary world’s most exciting writers look beyond numbers and wages to convey what it feels like to live in this divided nation. Their extraordinarily powerful stories, essays, and poems demonstrate how boundaries break down when experiences are shared, and that in sharing our stories we can help to alleviate a suffering that touches so many people.

Event date: 
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Print: A Bookstore
273 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation Cover Image
By John Freeman (Editor)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143131038
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - September 5th, 2017