Friday, August 19, 2011
This Burns My Heart--The Korean Immigrant Narrative Reworked by Samuel Park (who visits Boswell on September 7)
Even spouses are getting into the act, with Ben Ryder Howe’s My Korean Deli, where Howe followed his wife and Mom into the business of running a Brooklyn deli. I think it's going to take another generation for writers to tackle the restauranting and dry cleaning and other entrepreneurial pursuits of new American arrivals. For now, it's the stories of the homeland that resonate, and that's what Samuel Park has chosen to write about in his new novel, This Burns my Heart.
I've had a few email interactions with Mr. Park and have found him quite charming. This is a good thing for all of us, as he is reading at Boswell on Wednesday, September 7, 7 pm, traveling up from Chicago where he is currently teaching. I'm hoping to get the word out about this wonderful novel and author who has added another important chapter to the novel of immigrant experience.
It's been a little tougher than some of my other cultural events (Paolo Giordano and Oliver Pötzsch come to mind) as the author is not reading in Korean. We've been trying to do outreach to several organizations, but I still need more help. Perhaps Mr. Park does know how to speak Korean? It seems to be a draw. Eh, probably not.
Help us get the word out. If you know someone who might be interested, send them this blog's link. Much thanks, and see you at Boswell on the 7th of September.