Bookwaves/Artwaves – May 7, 2020: Andrew Altschul; Suzan-Lori Parks

Announcements and links:
Bay Area Book Festival Unbound: List of live May events.
The Booksmith: List of live events.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, live from Italy. Berkeley Rep and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Mothers Day, May 10th, at 5 pm Pacific.
Magic Theatre: Don’t Eat The Mangos by Ricardo Perez Gonzalez. Video of the Magic Theatre production. Streaming through May 11.
National Theatre Live: Antony and Cleopatra, through May 13.
Theatre Rhino: on-line plays through Facebook live.
New Conservatory Theatre Center: Off-stage to On-line.
SF Batco: Youth workshops, live events.
Shotgun Players: Beowulf, May events.
Pianofight: May events.


Andrew Altschul discusses his latest novel, The Gringa, with host Richard Wolinsky. The Gringa tells the story of an American activist who goes to Peru in the early 1990s and becomes involved with a radical group who is eventually charged and incarcerated with terrorist crimes, based loosely on the real-life story of Lori Berenson. Paralleling that story is one of Andres, an American writer living in Peru years later, who must cope not only with his own feelings about politics and American influence around the world, but with the notion of American exceptionalism. Extended 50-minute podcast



Suzan-Lori Parks, 2003. An interview with the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for playwrighting (for Topdog/Underdog), also the winner of three Obie Awards for her work off-Broadway. While on tour for her only novel, Getting Mother’s Body, she talks about her career as a playwright and about the role of politics and race in playwrighting. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky and recorded on May 20, 2003. Extended 35-minute podcast.



Photos: Andrew Altschul, courtesy of the author; Suzan Lori Parks copyright 2018 Suzan-Lori Parks.





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