The Properties of Perpetual Light by Julian Aguon with Tommy Orange
Part memoir, part manifesto, The Properties of Perpetual Light is a collection of soulful ruminations about love, loss, struggle, resilience, and power--a coming-of-age story and a call for justice.
Please join us Thursday, July 22nd at 7pm for a Zoom event with Julian Aguon. He will be discussing his memoir with Tommy Orange, author of There There.
Register here for this free event: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIodOuvqz4rHdy9yoM--rHiXv09q0v-nrL2
About The Properties of Perpetual Light
The Properties of Perpetual Light is an homage to the work of the activist-writer, which author Julian Aguon describes as the work of bearing witness, wrestling with the questions of one's day, telling children the truth. With prose and poetry both bracing and quiet, Aguon weaves together stories from his childhood in the villages of Guam with searing political commentary. Throughout the book, Aguon grapples with one heart-breaking loss after another by immersing himself in the beauty of his island, the magic of Micronesia, and the wisdom of his favorite books and elders.
About the authors
Julian Aguon is an indigenous human rights lawyer and writer from Guam. He is the founder of Blue Ocean Law, a progressive firm that works at the intersection of indigenous rights and environmental justice. He is brilliant, soulful, and deeply engaged in the struggles of peoples across Oceania to liberate themselves from colonial rule, defend their sacred sites, and obtain justice for a range of harms inflicted upon them by outside forces--from nuclear weapons testing and nonconsensual medical experimentation to extractive industries and climate change. He serves on the Global Advisory Council of Progressive International--a global collective that launched in May 2020 with the mission of mobilizing progressive forces around the world behind a shared vision of social justice.
Tommy Orange is from Oakland, California. His first book, There There was one of the finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and received the 2019 American Book Award. Orange is a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapho Nations of Oklahoma. He attended Institute of American Indian Arts and earned the Masters of Fine Arts.
The Properties of Perpetual Light is an homage to the work of the activist-writer, which author Julian Aguon describes as the work of bearing witness, wrestling with the questions of one's day, telling children the truth. With prose and poetry both bracing and quiet, Aguon weaves together stories from his childhood in the villages of Guam with searing political commentary.
“Powerful. . . . a revelation.” —The New York Times
“With a literary authority rare in a debut novel, it places Native American voices front and center before readers’ eyes.” —NPR/Fresh Air