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Book Launch: Monkey Around by Jadie Jang

August 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

Free – $15
We are proud to host the book launch for Monkey Around! The debut novel from Claire Light (writing as Jadie Jang)

About this event

Monkey Around is an action-packed urban fantasy delivering a bold new take on the Monkey King in San Francisco – complete with murder and mayhem!

Claire Light is such an important part of KSW’s history and we’re immensely proud to help her celebrate this debut novel (written under the pen name, Jadie Jang). Join us for a live reading and discussion with Claire and some of her special guests.

We’ll be having a limited live in-person audience and a simulcast on Zoom. Books will be available at the event thanks to Eastwind Books. If you’re joining us online, we encourage you to order the book directly from their site: https://www.asiabookcenter.com/

About Monkey Around

Barista, activist, and were-monkey Maya McQueen was well on her way to figuring herself out. Well, part of the way. 25% of the way. If you squint. But now the Bay Area is being shaken up. Occupy Wall Street has come home to roost; and on the supernatural side there’s disappearances, shapeshifter murders, and the city’s spirit trying to find its guardian. Maya doesn’t have a lot of time before chaos turns up at her door, and she needs to solve all of her problems. Well, most of them. The urgent ones, anyhow. But who says the solutions have to be neat? Because Monkey is always out for mischief.

About the Author

Claire Light (writing as Jadie Jang) is almost as organizy as her characters. She started a magazine (Hyphen) and an arts festival (APAture) with a cast of Asian Pacific Americans even more magical, if less supernatural, than the ones she writes about. She also got an MFA, went to Clarion West, and compromised between the two by publishing a collection of “literary” sci-fi short stories (Slightly Behind and to the Left) that maybe 100 people read. After wrangling arts and social justice nonprofits for 17 years, her already autoimmune-disease-addled body threw a seven-year-long tantrum, leading our then-house-bound heroine into an urban fantasy addiction. A few years, and a dozen Euro-centric-mythology-dominated urban fantasy series later, Claire sat up and said “I can do this!” and Jadie Jang, the part of her brain that writes snarky-fun genre romps, was born. She posts about monkeys every Monday under @seelight on Twitter.


August 5, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Free – $15
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