45 minutes | Mar 26, 2021

Jo Ann Beard's Festival Days

Medaya talks with renowned essayist and fiction writer Jo Ann Beard, whose latest collection is called Festival Days. Near the beginning of the book, Jo Ann writes that there’s an element of fiction in her essays and essays in her fiction - an idea she elaborates on during the conversation. Jo Ann shares much about her own life and development as a writer, while addressing many of the central themes of the work: death, illness, childhood, memory and of course, her renowned and professed love for animals.  Also, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein returns to recommend one of Jane Austen's later novels, Mansfield Park.
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