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Douglas Stuart, “Young Mungo” Live Event with guest Liz Moore
April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$28.62
Main Point Books is thrilled to welcome author Douglas Stuart to celebrate the release of his second novel, “Young Mungo.” He’ll be joined by special guest Liz Moore, author of “Long Bright River.”
This is a live, ticketed event with registration required. Cost includes admission and a signed copy of “Young Mungo.” Currently, masks are optional. If these COVID guidelines change information will be posted here.
The reading will take place in the Rotwitt Theatre in McShain Performing Arts Center on the campus of Rosemont College. There is ample parking on site, and the campus is accessible by bus and regional rail.
About Douglas Stuart
Douglas Stuart is a Scottish-American author. His New York Times-bestselling debut novel “Shuggie Bain” won the 2020 Booker Prize and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It was the winner of two British Book Awards, including Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, Kirkus Prize, as well as several other literary awards. Stuart’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker and Literary Hub.
About Liz Moore
Liz Moore is a faculty member of the MFA progra in Creative Writing at Temple University. Her fourth novel, “Long Bright River,” was published by Riverhead Books in January 2020. It was an instant New York Times bestseller and has become an international bestseller as well, with translations to be published in 21 territories to date. “Long Bright River” was a Book of the Month Club pick and the January selection for the Good Morning America book club. In addition, it launched the New York Times’s Group Text monthly feature. Barack Obama selected “Long Bright River” as one of his favorite books of 2020. Liz Moore lives with her family in Philadelphia.
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 if they’re to be seen as men at all. 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. And when several months later Mungo’s mother sends him on a fishing trip to a loch in Western Scotland with two strange men whose drunken banter belies murky pasts, he will need to summon all his inner strength and courage to try to get back to a place of safety, a place where he and James might still have a future.
Imbuing the everyday world of its characters with rich lyricism and giving full voice to people rarely acknowledged in the literary world, “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.