Audio dispatches by M. Allen Cunningham, author of the novels THE GREEN AGE OF ASHER WITHEROW, LOST SON, and PERPETUA'S KIN.
M Allen Cunningham Reads from His New Book Q&A
Cunningham describes his book Q&A and then reads three short sections (which happen to feature a few "F-bombs", FYI).
Inspired by true events, bold in the forms with which it evokes an agitated, media-soaked half century in America, Q&A urgently reimagines the misunderstood quiz show scandals in light of our own time, as a moment of cultural reckoning whose reverberations we feel all around us today: in reality television, TV politics, the triumph of incoherence, and the pandemic problem of how to be real in a world of screen-induced self-deception.
This reading was performed via Zoom. View the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B57vdvR_XU.
Loon Checkers - from Thoreau's Leaves: the Thoreau Podcast
Have you heard THOREAU'S LEAVES? Produced and hosted by M. Allen Cunningham, it's an immersive, atmospheric podcast dedicated to the celebrated and lesser-known works of Henry David Thoreau, one of America's greatest voices. Here's a sample episode for your enjoyment: "Loon Checkers" (subscribe at anchor.fm/thoreausleaves, or wherever you get your podcasts).
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M. Allen Cunningham Presents PERPETUA'S KIN at Powell's Books
During this event at the fabled Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, Cunningham discusses his fourth novel PERPETUA'S KIN. A sweeping story of five generations in one American family, PERPETUA'S KIN spans much of North America, from the 1820s in Iowa to the American south during the Civil War to World War II San Francisco. In a structured presentation, Cunningham describes the story's origins, his research, the themes and characters, the influence of Shakespeare's Hamlet, and why this novel was 11 years in the making. He also reads short selections from the book. The event includes an audience Q&A. It was recorded on a rainy night in November 2018.
In the Atelier: Measures of Success
Have you heard IN THE ATELIER, the creativity podcast produced and hosted by M. Allen Cunningham? Here's a sample episode for your enjoyment: "Measures of Success" (subscribe at anchor.fm/in-the-atelier, or wherever you get your podcasts).
In this Episode:
How does a writer know whether or not they are "a Success"?
Mentioned in this episode: Netflix; Dreamworks; Carnegie Hall; New York Times Bestseller list; midlist author; awkward party conversations; shelving at Barnes & Noble; being on Oprah
Music: "Ohio" by Low Light; "Second Smile" by LMOP; "Rising Up" by OFRIN; "Once and For All" by Ian Post
(All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
Variations on a Beginning
Cunningham's autobiographical essay, with musical accompaniment and slightly abridged.
"Variations on a Beginning" was originally published in complete form in The Timberline Review, Issue No. 3 (summer/fall 2016). You can read the full essay here: https://medium.com/@M_A_Cunningham/variations-on-a-beginning-685d3b1cd7e5
M. Allen Cunningham Lectures on Mrs. Dalloway for Creative Writers
Posted May 14, 2020, the 95th anniversary of the publication of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway: M. Allen Cunningham's lecture on Woolf's great novel, originally delivered to Creative Writing students at Portland State University.