Cathy Park Hong & Ayad Akhtar

"Seeing characters struggle in this country as part of the existential circumstance of their lives becomes a political statement" -- Ayad Akhtar

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What happens when you write about the American experience from two opposing viewpoints? In novelist and playwright Ayad Akhtar’s latest book, we follow the rise of Trump, White Supremacy and the consequences of falling prey to American Capitalism when you’re a hard working immigrant.

We asked Cathy Park Hong, poet and author of the critically acclaimed essay collection Minor Feelings, to talk to Ayad about his new novel Homeland Elegies.  Their conversation is smart, insightful, political and profound.

About the Host

Amanda Stern is Bookable’s host. Founder of the popular literary event series Happy Ending at Joe’s Pub in New York City, Stern is also a writer. Happy Ending ran for more than a decade and was selected as New York’s best book-related series by New York MagazineThe Village Voice and NY Press. The New York Times Magazine singled out Happy Ending as a force keeping “downtown New York alive.”


This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe.  Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media.


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