Anthropologist and celebrated author of The Way Through The Woods. On Mushrooms and Mourning, Long Litt Woon will join us live on:
Find Long Litt Woon online
NORLA profile: https://norla.no/en/books/926-the-way-through-the-woods-of-mushrooms-and-mourning
To quote from the above profile, "Long Litt Woon (b. 1958 in Malaysia) is an Anthropologist and certified Mushroom Expert in Norway. She went to Norway in her youth as an exchange student. There she met and later married a Norwegian, Eiolf Olsen, and made Norway her home. She currently lives in Oslo, Norway. The author’s surname is Long in accordance to Chinese naming tradition."
Penguin Random House: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2183438/litt-woon-long
And search her name as an author on your local libraries' catalogs on their websites!
“Moving and unexpectedly funny . . . Long tells the story of finding hope after despair lightly and artfully, with self-effacement and so much gentle good nature that we forgot how sad she (and we) are. . . . Seeing Long’s capacity for wonder and even contentment in the midst of her sadness feels like seeing tiny shoots of grass peeking from the ash in a landscape stripped bare by fire. Her memoir . . . intersperses the story of her mushroom education with details of her emotional journey, each informing the other. She is a fine anthropologist of both. . . . At its center, this book poses a familiar, awful existential question. How do you go on living when the person you loved so much—perhaps the person you loved best in the world—is gone? Everyone must find her own answer. Long’s is as good as any.”—The New York Times
Long Litt Woon's meeting with WMS was supported by NORLA, an association for Norwegian Literature Abroad. Thank you to NORLA and the Norwegian Ministry of Culture!
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