On May 29 at EST 4pm, I will guest host #litchat, an open discussion series founded by a fellow author (@litchat), on the topic of expatriate literature. (#litchat is an hour-long open discussion on a topic, three times a week. You can follow it in Twitter search or on www.Tweetchat.com using the term “litchat”.)
I’ll be guiding the hour-long live discussion, soliciting opinions and offering my own based on this view:
Expatriate literature may be stocked in the travel section, but does it deserve a shelf of its own?
Living for extended periods in foreign locales, expatriates struggle to reestablish themselves and find meaningful access to their new home.
Travelers passing through often have the luxury to avoid the very issues of assimilation and identity that dominate the expat psyche.
We’ll talk about the unique depths this can bring to expat lit’s combination of outsider-view-from-the-inside and journey of self-realization.
See litchat.wordpress.com for more info.
See the transcripts of my expat #litchat event here.