Nevada Humanities and The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, are pleased to present Severance Radio: A Nevada Reads Book Club. The weekly radio show will air on KUNV Radio in Las Vegas, and KWNK Radio in Reno beginning July 5, 2020, for 14 weeks throughout the summer and fall and will be hosted by Heidi Kyser. Severance is a 2020 Nevada Reads book selection.
Severance Radio will air on the following Nevada radio stations on these days and times:
LAS VEGAS: Broadcasting on KUNV 91.5FM, Sundays at 7PM - 8PM, starting July 5. Stream live:
RENO: Broadcasting on KWNK 97.7FM, Sundays at 12PM - 1PM and Wednesdays at 6PM, starting July 5.
Stream live: https://kwnkradio.org/listen/
ANYWHERE: Episodes will be available in podcast form on Apple Podcasts and Spotify at a later date.
Severance Radio will present chapters from the acclaimed novel Severance, author Ling Ma’s satirical portrait of a global plague that transforms life in the U.S. Each audiobook excerpt will be followed by conversations between scholars and artists on the novel’s themes, including: COVID-19; humor writing in a time of crisis; nostalgia and its dangers; freedom and loneliness; and the genre of apocalyptic writing. Featured guests will include artists, writers, and thinkers like: Kristen Arnett, Jennifer Carson, Bonnie Chau, Christopher Coake, Scott Dickensheets, Katherine Fusco, Tim Gauthier, Karen Gu, Brent Holmes, Shelley Kelly, Lisa Ko, Dana Lee, Ling Ma, Vi Khi Nao, Stephen Pasqualina, Natalie Pennington, Hugh Shapiro, Marya Shegog, Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, Erica Vital-Lazare, Claire Vaye Watkins, Claytee White, and others.
Published in 2018, Severance is an eerily apt book for the current moment. While investigating capitalism through an apocalyptic lens, and offering a satirical look at worker alienation among millenials, the novel also imagines the consequences of a fictional global pandemic originating in China called "Shen Fever."