Image of book from author @julianaguon
Join GAPIMNY in reading @julianaguon’s new book The Properties of Perpetual Light. Aguon is a queer indigenous human rights lawyer and writer from Guam. In the Fall, we will host a discussion of the book as part of our programming to explore the “Pacific Islander” experience in relation to GAPIMNY, with more event details to follow.
GAPIMNY will also be donating up to 10 copies of Aguon’s new book to GAPIMNY Q/T Asian American and Pacific Islanders to make this book club accessible. At minimum, 5 copies will be reserved for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. To be entered into this drawing, comment on GAPIMNY’s book club post via Instagram, and if you are NH/PI please make a note in your comment to get priority in this book drawing.
The Properties of Perpetual Light is a collection of soulful ruminations about love, loss, struggle, resilience, and power. Part memoir, part manifesto, the book is both a coming-of-age story and a call for justice—for everyone but in particular for indigenous peoples, Aguon’s own and others. With bracing prose and bouts of poetry, Aguon weaves together stories from his childhood in the villages of Guam with searing political commentary about everything from nuclear weapons to climate change. Deftly deploying the feminist insight that the personal is political, Aguon culls from the light of his own life experiences, from losing his father to cancer to working for Mother Teresa to meeting Sherman Alexie in a Spokane bookstore, to illuminate a path out of the darkness.