20th Anniversary Reissue of Chorus of Mushrooms
What an honour and also bemusing to think that twenty years have already passed….
Larissa Lai so generously wrote a thoughtful and historically contextualized afterword and Smaro Kamboureli conducts an interview with me. I think this reissue will be particularly good for students and instructors. Although I like to think it will be good for everyone….
Excerpt from the interview:
SK: All this draws attention to the enduring power of storytelling. Do you think that being able to tell our own stories is crucial to figuring out who we are, how we have come to be where we are?
HG: The telling of stories is a way for people to articulate their histories, their realities and dreams on their own terms. It’s an act of empowerment and imaginative vitality—a creative resistance against forces that may otherwise distort or misrepresent. Stories can speak back. They can be a springboard for a new kind of discourse, or a momentary resting place for the weary. They can be a kind of food for our spirit and soul. It is so important for us to be able to speak our own stories, and to understand our realities through a language and culture that is specific and contextualized within our histories and to the land where we reside.
© 2014 Smaro Kamboureli and Hiromi Goto
Thank you, NeWest Press, for this lovely book!
It should be out by the end of April! Arcs and preview copies available. Please contact NeWest. firstname.lastname@example.org