Author Tom Cho, who is currently staying at TOM House, will be reading from his fiction and participating in a Q&A discussion about his creative practice at University of Southern California on Wednesday September 3.
At this event, he’ll be interspersing readings from his fiction with some comments on a few other topics, including his interest in the work of Tom of Finland. Earlier this year, Tom alluded to the influence of Tom of Finland on his work in an essay published by Canadian national newspaper National Post (Part 1 and Part 2 of this two-part essay, “Tom and Me”, can be read online). This essay was informed by a four day stay he had at TOM House in February this year.
Look Who’s Morphing: An Afternoon With Author Tom Cho
Wed 3 September, 1-3pm
Kaprielian Hall, Room KAP 445, University of Southern California, 3620 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
An un-named protagonist undergoes a series of transformations, shape-shifting through figures drawn from film and television, music and books, porn flicks and comics. This protagonist becomes Godzilla, a Muppet, Whitney Houston’s bodyguard, a robot that becomes a car, the Fonz and – in the climax of all climaxes – a 55-metre tall cock rock star who performs for the people of Tokyo.
Join author and performer, Tom Cho for a reading of his book Look Who’s Morphing, first published in Australia by Giramondo Publishing in 2009 and in North America and Europe by Arsenal Pulp Press in April 2014.
Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public
Sponsored by University of Southern California’s American Studies and Ethnicity, Center for Transpacific Studies, Center for Feminist Research, Gender Studies, and Kaya Press
The film “Tom in America”, starring Academy Award nominees Burt Young and Sally Kirkland, recently had its Canadian premiere when it was screened for the 2014 Festival Des Films Du Monde Montreal (Montreal World Film Festival) on August 23 and 24. The director and stars were also present for a Q&A.
For 50 years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael’s long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along. With long-held mysteries thrust into the open, the foundation of their marriage and the path of their golden years is suddenly rocked. Now, they must redefine their future, and decide if it is one their love can survive.
In the lead-up to the screening, an article in Digital Journal reported that the stars were optimistic about the film’s reception:
Young believes audiences “will react with tenderness” to Tom in America. Kirkland agrees, “I think the film will touch people’s hearts.”
As also noted in the article, the film was formally endorsed by Tom of Finland Foundation.
The film trailer can be viewed here: