Start: 3:00 pm
Presenting a different view of spirituality and practice this afternoon is Mary Johnson, who, after twenty years as a sister within Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, left her order to start a new life. Her memoir, An Unquenchable Thirst (Spiegel & Grau), is an eloquent account of her struggles with her faith, her sexuality, and the politics of the order. "If I was Mary Johnson, I'd be bitter but there is no bitterness here. She writes from a place of deep lovethat unquenchable thirstand when she finally gives voice to it, you want to stand up and cheer. I wish the archbishops currently trying to muzzle American nuns would sit down and read this book at least three timesand weep." - Lesley Hazleton. In 2000, Mary Johnson and Darlene Chandler Bassett founded A Room of Her Own Foundation (www.aroomofherownfoundation.org), which supports women writers through retreats and awards.
Start: 3:30 pm
Co-presented with the MONTLAKE BRANCH, SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton, the Seattle-based, award-winning translators of much major contemporary Korean fiction, give this reading and talk for their newest work, River of Fire and Other Stories (Columbia University Press), by one of South Korea's foremost writers at work today, O Chŏnghŭi. "River of Fire and Other Stories tracks the career of one of South Korea's consummate writers, subtly suggesting the violent undertones of life under military dictatorship and the malaise of urban life, and coming to a close with a moving meditation upon aging. The themes here are universal, yet their expression is unique to the controlled precision and delicate interior descriptions that are so characteristic of O Chŏnghŭi's style. A highly enjoyable read." - Janet Poole. Among Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton's awards was the first-ever-granted National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. Free admission. The Montlake Branch of the Seattle Public Library is at 2401 - 24th Avenue E. For more information, please see www.spl.org or call (206) 386-4636.