In this live recording from the Thalia Book Club at Symphony Space in New York City, authors Alexandra Fuller and Wendy Kann discuss their memoirs of growing up in colonial Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Fuller begins the evening with a series of entertaining anecdotes about her glamorous but alcoholic mother, while Kann discusses the genesis of her book and its relationship to the attacks of September 11th. Both women also read from their memoirs, and then share a fascinating a conversation about race, memory, history, being a woman in Rhodesia, and what it was like to come to America.
Alexandra Fuller (Scribbling the Cat and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight) and first-time author Wendy Kann (Casting with a Fragile Thread) discuss growing up in colonial Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. They tell many amusing and thoughtful anecdotes and reflect on their childhoods, the Rhodesian Bush War, revisiting a changed Africa as adults, the ties they have to the families and community that raised them in Africa, and the transition to living in the U.S.
Fuller begins the evening with a hilarious introduction to her relationship with her mother and a short reading from her memoir, which is followed by Kann explaining why she decided to write a memoir and then reading from her work.
This special event was recorded live as part of the Thalia Book Club series at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City.
While I respect these two women and greatly enjoyed their books, this was sort of a waste. Although there was much to be said, they didn't. Too much time was wasted on adolescent giggling and vapid jokes. Believe me, these two are not destined for a comedy club. Also, the audio is very poor in too many places. Don't they have sound engineers in these productions to monitor? Did anyone ever remind them to speak clearly into the mike and keep their voices up?
Wonderful introduction to both authors.
Confess I am more than tempted to read how they both write.