AUTHOR & TRANSLATOR
Author Events & Publications 2021
August 2021 INTERVIEW
By Licia Canton
In Conversation with Genni Gunn,
Author of Permanent Tourists
* Shortlisted for 2021 ReLit Award for Short Fiction
May 19, 2021
Author of twelve books, including her most recent Permanent Tourists (Signature Editions), Genni Gunn joins us on the blog—sharing more about her parallel life as a musician, the classical history she carries with her as a result of growing up in Italy, and her restlessness for journeys into the unexpected.
My translations from Italian of two poems, “Code of Conduct” and “Exorcism” by Ada Donati, published in subTerrain Issue #87 Tales from the Pandemic, Jan 2021.
“In eight intersecting stories that range from a suicide pact on the tourist beaches of Mexico to Angkor Wat, a stone museum in Italy, and the Thai fleshpots that conceal a lost father, Genni Gunn charts the blank spaces in human relationships: silences between loved ones, dark histories neither escaped nor forgotten, moral dilemmas that spin on a dime, death that brings no redemption. Delicately rendered, with characters that move restlessly from one landscape to the next, these complex stories look without flinching into the heart of human longing.”
—Merilyn Simonds, author of Refuge
Pleased to see an essay on my work by Sylvia Terzian and Veronica Austen entitled “Locating the Traveller: Genni Gunn and Nostalgia on the Move” published in Patterns of Nostos in Italian Canadian Narratives (University of Toronto Press, Canada, 2021). “This paper analyzes the concept of nostos through a reading of Italian-Canadian writer Genni Gunn’s autobiographical travelogue TRACKS: Journeys in time and Place (2013) to show how its narratives of movement contest meanings of home and homecoming. Gunn initiates new ways of thinking about return by taking the migrant traveler as its central figure and envisioning home as a “practice of displacement” (Evelein 21) wherein “home” is not achievable through physical return, but through memory…”
On their 20th anniversary, Chants Libres has put out a video of arias of operas they have produced over that time. One of them is ALTERNATE VISIONS, the opera for which I wrote the libretto. Music by John Oliver. French translation by Anne-Marie Alonzo. Here is the snippet from Alternate Visions, and includes setup and performance.
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