Saturday Night Special | Underlying Narratives in Literature

Host Amy Guth with writer/editor Martha Bayne

The Saturday Night Special with Amy Guth returns with the annual Chicago Lit show in honor of the upcoming Printer’s Row Lit Fest. This year, we focus on underlying and hidden narratives and how storytelling can shed light on to these often forgotten or purposefully excluded perspectives.

Joining her on the program are a slew of experts and authors that help raise up unheard voices in literature and beyond.

Writer/editor Martha Bayne stops by to discuss the anthologies Rust Belt Chicago and Red State Blues that look at the variety of stories and voices in Chicago and around the Midwest.

Roseamund Lanin, Saturday Night Special favorite and co-host of the Miss-Spoken live lit series, returns to look at ladies live lit in the post-#MeToo and #Time’sUp era and even gets Amy to share a story of her own.

Northwestern associate professor Elizabeth Son dives deep into  Her first book, Embodied Reckonings: “Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress. The book examines the political and cultural aspects of contemporary performances in South Korea, Japan, and the United States that have grappled with the history of the “comfort women,” the Japanese military’s euphemism for the sexual enslavement of girls and young women.

To cap off the show, journalist Deborah Douglas joins Amy by phone to discuss her latest work with the MLK 50 project, justice through journalism, and uplifting the voices and stories of people of color.