55 min

Julie Otsuka: Swimming Through Memories The Artist's Statement

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Season 2, Episode 2 features Julie Otsuka, best-selling author of When the Emperor Was Divine, The Buddha in the Attic, and her latest novel, The Swimmers. We discuss the inspiration and evolution of The Swimmers, and some of the technical challenges associated with Otsuka's frequent use of the first person plural point of view. She discusses how she became a writer and her work routines, including how they have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also explore how Otsuka relies on intuition and intellect to create her work. 

In this interview, Otsuka reads excerpts from The Swimmers, including the opening pages and a selection from her chapter entitled "Belavista."

Host: Davin Malasarn. Music by Joe Rivers. Artwork by Ayumi Takahashi.

The Artist's Statement is brought to you by The Granum Foundation. Visit us at granumfoundation.org.


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Season 2, Episode 2 features Julie Otsuka, best-selling author of When the Emperor Was Divine, The Buddha in the Attic, and her latest novel, The Swimmers. We discuss the inspiration and evolution of The Swimmers, and some of the technical challenges associated with Otsuka's frequent use of the first person plural point of view. She discusses how she became a writer and her work routines, including how they have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also explore how Otsuka relies on intuition and intellect to create her work. 

In this interview, Otsuka reads excerpts from The Swimmers, including the opening pages and a selection from her chapter entitled "Belavista."

Host: Davin Malasarn. Music by Joe Rivers. Artwork by Ayumi Takahashi.

The Artist's Statement is brought to you by The Granum Foundation. Visit us at granumfoundation.org.


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55 min