Emma Donoghue Discusses 'Astray' and 'Room'

March 20, 2013

(Nina Subin)

Emma Donoghue appeared in conversation with Garnett Kilberg Cohen on the morning of March 20th to discuss her noted collection of short stories titled Astray.  The characters featured in these stories include a cross-section of society, such as runaways, drifters, gold miners, counterfeiters, attorneys, and slaves from Puritan Massachusetts and revolutionary New Jersey to antebellum Louisiana.

Garnett Kilbert Cohen is an instructor at Columbia College Chicago and was named a Distinguished Artist there in 2007.  She has published two collections of short stories, most recently How We Move the Air, along with numerous other publications.

Later in the day, Emma Donoghue appeared in conversation with Karen Lee Osborne to discuss her powerful novel titled Room.  Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

Karen Lee Osborne is a writer and has taught at Columbia College Chicago since 1987.  Her novels include Carlyle Simpson and Hawkwings.

Recorded live Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Harold Washington Library Center.