Young Mungo: Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart discusses his follow-up to Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart, the 2020 Booker Prize winner for “Shuggie Bain,” discusses his upcoming novel “Young Mungo” with Here & Now arts and culture producer Emiko Tamagawa.

Copies of “Young Mungo” will be available for purchase at the event. Stuart will sign books after the event. Virtual attendees can purchase the book here.

This event is co-produced by Porter Square Books.

CitySpace Tickets
Premiere: $25.00 (includes reserved seating)
General: $15.00
Student: $5.00

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Virtual Tickets
$5.00 (only one ticket needed per household)

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About “Young Mungo”
Douglas Stuart’s first novel “Shuggie Bain,” winner of the 2020 Booker Prize, is one of the most successful literary debuts of the century so far. Published or forthcoming in forty territories, it has sold more than one million copies worldwide. Now Stuart returns with Young Mungo, his extraordinary second novel. Both a page-turner and literary tour de force, it is a vivid portrayal of working-class life and a deeply moving and highly suspenseful story of the dangerous first love of two young men.

Growing up in a housing estate in Glasgow, Mungo and James are born under different stars—Mungo a Protestant and James a Catholic—and they should be sworn enemies if they’re to be seen as men at all. Yet against all odds, they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in the pigeon dovecote that James has built for his prize racing birds. As they fall in love, they dream of finding somewhere they belong, while Mungo works hard to hide his true self from all those around him, especially from his big brother Hamish, a local gang leader with a brutal reputation to uphold. And when several months later Mungo’s mother sends him on a fishing trip to a loch in Western Scotland with two strange men whose drunken banter belies murky pasts, he will need to summon all his inner strength and courage to try to get back to a place of safety, a place where he and James might still have a future.

Imbuing the everyday world of its characters with rich lyricism and giving full voice to people rarely acknowledged in the literary world, “Young Mungo” is a gripping and revealing story about the bounds of masculinity, the divisions of sectarianism, the violence faced by many queer people, and the dangers of loving someone too much.

Angelia S. Rico

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