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Gish Jen at The Ruby: Potluck and Discussion!
February 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm$10
Join us for a very special lunchtime conversation with award-winning novelist, Gish Jen. Jen will be in conversation with our very own Mimi Lok about her latest novel, The Resisters (Knopf, February 2020), which Ann Patchett has called ‘a stone-cold masterpiece.’ The Resisters is a dystopian story set in the not-too-distant future in what has become known as AutoAmerica that follows a family struggling to maintain its humanity and normalcy in circumstances that threaten their every value–as well as their very existence. Books will be available for purchase! NOTE: this event is a potluck so bring a dish to share!
About Gish Jen: Gish Jen has published short work in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and dozens of other periodicals, anthologies and textbooks. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories four times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. Nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award, her work was featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel and is widely taught. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has been awarded a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study fellowship, and a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living; she has also delivered the William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University. Her newest novel is her eighth book. Called THE RESISTERS, it will be published by Knopf in February 2020.
About Mimi Lok: Mimi Lok is the author of the story collection Last of Her Name, published October 2019 by Kaya Press. The title story was a finalist for the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize. She is the recipient of a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award and an Ylvisaker Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Susan Atefat Arts and Letters Prize for nonfiction. Her work can be found in McSweeney’s, Electric Literature, LitHub, Nimrod, Lucky Peach, Hyphen, the South China Morning Post, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a novel. Mimi is also the executive director and editor of Voice of Witness, an award-winning human rights/oral history nonprofit she cofounded that amplifies marginalized voices through a book series and a national education program.