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Author Mary Cappello Talks Breast Cancer: Video

Author Mary Cappello Talks Breast Cancer: Video

Author, professor and out lesbian Mary Capello sits down with journalist and reporter Julie Bolcer to chat about her memoir about facing off against breast cancer, Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life.
 

Author Mary Capello sits down with journalist and reporter Julie Bolcer to chat about her memoir about facing off against breast cancer.
 
Written in a wholly original voice, at once sensuous and intelligent, Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life, published by Alyson Books, is a cancer memoir for the 21st century.
 
In her intensely personal and insightful memoir, Mary Cappello wonders aloud for us what breast cancer awareness really makes us aware of, and responds as if for the first time to the deceivingly simple command: “tell me what you’re feeling.” Unable to eat on chemotherapy, Cappello feasts on the paintings of Marsden Hartley, yearns in the tradition of Dickinson and Stein, keeps company with Proust, and lets queer artists tease her back to life. Called Back looks through the lens of cancer to discover—often with humor—new truths about intimacy and essential solitude, eroticism, the fact of the body, and the impossibility of turning away.

Mary Cappello is the author of two previous books of literary nonfiction, Night Bloom, and Awkward: A Detour, a Los Angeles Times Bestseller. Her essays and experimental prose appear in such places as The Georgia Review, Salmagundi, Southwest Review, American Letters and Commentary, and have been awarded The Bechtel Prize for Educating the Imagination from Teachers and Writers Collaborative, the Lange-Taylor Prize from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, and Notable Essay of the Year Citations in The Best American Essays. A former Fulbright Lecturer at the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow, Russia, Cappello is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Rhode Island.
 

 

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