Cloquet author will be interviewed for Write On Radio program TuesdayCloquet author Séamas Cain will be interviewed by Lynette Reini-Grandell, of KFAI-FM Radio in the Twin Cities, concerning his new poetry novel THE DANGEROUS ISLANDS for the station’s “Write On Radio!” program at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Author Séamas Cain may live in Cloquet, but his subject matter ranges far from the small northern Minnesota town where Cain was raised.
In his latest work, “The Dangerous Islands (a novel)” the experimental poet and performance artist has written a poet’s novel. Reading Cain’s book – even flipping through the pages of the paperback – is a unique experience (and not for those who like their books to be easily digested).
Here’s “the consumer friendly” blurb from Cain’s website:
The novel describes the experiences and emotions of a young man living through the era of Civil War in Northern Ireland from 1965 to 1998. The hero of this novel, an Irish-American like Cain, undergoes a journey of the mind as well as a journey of the body, in a process of self-realization in another country. Indeed, Cain based many of the protagonist's activities on his own thoughts, dreams, and experiences in Northern Ireland in that era.
Says Cain, “In my youth, in Northern Ireland, I was active in the Civil Rights Movement, People's Democracy, and later the Peace Movement. My experiences from those times were filtered into the composition of The Dangerous Islands. Indeed, much of the novel was written in Belfast or Limavady and Dungiven — though I am a Minnesota Irishman.”
The Dangerous Islands is a moral history of the Irish and Irish-American activists of the generation of the 'Sixties. Or, more accurately, it is a history of their emotions and their enthusiasms. Thus it is a non-classic coming-of-age tale. It is a story of self-education and self-development, with convictions and disillusionment. But it resists all pigeonholing, for it is also a novel of ideas ranging across literature, philosophy and politics.
Cain will be interviewed by Lynette Reini-Grandell, of KFAI-FM Radio in the Twin Cities, concerning his new poetry novel “The Dangerous Islands.” (http://www.kfai.org/writeonradio) for the station’s “Write On Radio!” program at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The interview will air at 90.3 MHz Minneapolis and 106.7 MHz St. Paul, and live on the web at http://www.kfai.org. The show will be archived for two weeks on line at http://www.kfai.org/node/39386
On Sunday, October 23, 2011, at 4:00 p.m., at the bookshop of Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis, Cain will read from his new novel, “The Dangerous Islands.” This is a rare opportunity to meet and talk with the author of a new novel set in the tumultuous time of the Civil War in Northern Ireland. It's a must-read for fans of Irish culture, literature, history, and politics. For those wanting to get a sneak peak at the story, there is a copy available in the Celtic Collection of the Library at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and a copy in the library at St. Scholastica.Séamas