Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about growing up.
In Stephan Enter’s “Resistance,” teenagers at a local chess club are suspicious of their new teacher. Enter is a Dutch writer whose work includes the novels: Lichtjaren (Light Years), which was nominated for the Libris Prize, Spel (Game), from which “Resistance” is excerpted, and Grip. His collection of short stories, Winterhanden (Chillblained Hands), was nominated for the Libris Literature Prize. The reader is Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris (“Assassins,” “Fun Home”), whose theatre work also includes “Sweeney Todd,” “Hedda Gabler, “and “Evita.” On television he had a featured role on “Fringe.”
Sassy Hazel Parker speaks her mind in Toni Cade Bambara’s “Gorilla, My Love,” read by Hattie Winston. Bambara, who died in 1995, was a writer, filmmaker and political activist who was active in the 1960s Black Arts movement. Her published works include the collection Gorilla, My Love, from which this story is taken, and the novels The Salt Eaters and Those Bones Are Not My Child. Reader Hattie Winston was a company member for the PBS series “The Electric Company.” Other television credits include “Nurse,” “Homefront” and “Becker,” as well appearances in the films “Clara’s Heart,” “Jackie Brown” and “True Crime.”