PEN America Author’s Evening with Douglas Stuart
Please join us for an intimate evening with bestselling author Douglas Stuart discussing his novel Young Mungo. This event is being generously hosted by Andrea Krantz and Harvey Sawikin.
Douglas Stuart’s first novel Shuggie Bain, winner of the 2020 Booker Prize, is one of the most successful literary debuts of the century so far. Published or forthcoming in forty territories, it has sold more than one million copies worldwide. Stuart’s extraordinary second novel, Young Mungo, is both a page-turner and literary tour de force, a vivid portrayal of working-class life in Glasgow and a deeply moving and highly suspenseful story of the dangerous first love of two young men.
Growing up in a housing estate in Glasgow, Mungo and James are born under different stars—Mungo a Protestant and James a Catholic—and they should be sworn enemies. Yet against all odds, they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in the pigeon dovecote that James has built for his prize racing birds. As they fall in love, they dream of finding somewhere they belong, while Mungo works hard to hide his true self from all those around him, especially from his big brother Hamish, a local gang leader with a brutal reputation to uphold. Young Mungo is a gripping and revealing story about the bounds of masculinity, the divisions of sectarianism, the violence faced by many queer people, and the dangers of loving someone too much.
Donations to attend this special evening are $250 per person, and includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, conversation, and a copy of Young Mungo. Guests who register prior to February 23 will receive a copy of the book in advance. Following your RSVP, you will be sent the address for the event. The donation is considered 100% tax-deductible and supports PEN America’s mission to defend writers and free expression at a time of unprecedented need. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.
If you have any questions, please contact Maris Endres at [email protected].
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