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Blue Stoop Presents: Readings by May-Lan Tan and Bonnie Chau (w/ Anne Ishii)

 

Please join us for readings by May-Lan Tan and Bonnie Chau,
who will be joined in conversation by Anne Ishii of the Asian Arts Initiative!

May-Lan Tan's Things to Make and Break

Former lovers, past selves, hopes for the future—two people are never alone in a love story.

These eleven short fictions evoke the microcosmic worlds every human relationship contains. A woman is captivated by the stories her boyfriend tells about his exes. A faltering artist goes on a date with a married couple. Twin brothers work out their rivalry via the girl next door. In every one of these tales, we meet indelibly real and unforgettable people, a cast of rebels and dreamers trying to transform themselves, forge new destinies, or simply make the moment last.

Praise for Things to Make and Break

“These stories feel like they were written with a lit cigarette on the night wind. Tan has an imagination like a haunted carousel and each story here is like a ghost that wants only to talk to you. This is one of those debuts to remember, a name that bookmarks itself in your mind after the first story, or should—attention, as we say, must be paid. May-Lan Tan is here.”
—Alexander Chee

“There’s plenty of darkness and a sprinkling of magic, and these strange, flinty, cigarette-stained narratives speed by, offering lots of surface tension and compelling deeper passions.”
—The Guardian

“Visceral and demanding; an unsettling collection that knocks you off balance.”
—Kirkus

“Tan is a cinematic writer in the same way some directors are literary—think David Lynch at his most Guignol.”
—Times Literary Supplement

May-Lan Tan studied fine art at Goldsmiths and works as a ghostwriter. Her stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, the Atlas Review, the Reader, and Areté. She lives in Berlin.

Bonnie Chau's All Roads Lead to Blood

Unflinching portrayals of desire and alienation fill Bonnie Chau's award-winning story collection. Chau's short fiction explores the lives of young women navigating love, failure, heritage, and memory, and presents a fresh perspective of second-generation Chinese-Americans. Moving back and forth between California and New York, and ranging as far away as Paris, Chau’s exquisitely written stories are bold, highly imaginative, and haunting, featuring characters who defiantly exert their individuality.

Praise for All Roads Lead to Blood

“Chau’s stories [are] a straight shot into the deepest recesses of my body…masterful.”
 —Anelise Chen, author of So Many Olympic Exertions

“Brilliant and strange, Chau’s arresting short stories delve into the emotional and sexual lives of second-generation Chinese-American women.... [Chau's] writing is almost alarming in its clarity, crisp and unselfconscious....Chau is a distinctive voice, and if the stories are good, the sentences are even better.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“…an exhilarating debut…honest and arresting. All Roads Lead to Blood will ring true to anyone who feels like they’re lingering on the path toward figuring themselves out.”
—Arianna Rebolini, Buzzfeed: The Best Books of Fall 2018

“The intensity and desire of youth, with the wisdom of wild imagination, fill these wonderful stories by Chau. This unforgettable, stellar debut kept surprising me with fantastical turns, and sharp, unsettling insights.”
—Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances

“Chau is a writer of sharp intelligence who cannot help but to build life—messy and raw and real—on the page. A remarkable debut.”
—Ben Marcus, author of Leaving the Sea
 
Bonnie Chau is from Southern California and received her MFA in fiction and translation from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in Flaunt, Drunken Boat, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Offing, Nat. Brut, Joyland, The Felt, and other journals. A Kundiman fellow, she works at an independent bookstore in Brooklyn and is assistant web editor at Poets & Writers.



Anne Ishii is the Executive Director of Asian Arts Initiative, a multi-disciplinary community arts center in Philadelphia that engages people of all ages and backgrounds to create and present art that addresses Asian American experience and effects positive change in a broad range of communities and in its immediate neighborhood of Chinatown North. Anne is a writer, editor, and translator, who for the past ten years has worked specifically to achieve visibility and recognition for art and artists that touches on issues of gender and sexuality in the Asian diaspora. In her quest to platform more and better iterations of work from the API diaspora, Anne has worked in publishing and advertising, venture consulting and content strategy.

Co-Sponsored by BLUE STOOP!

Things to Make and Break (Emily Books) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895279
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 2nd, 2018

All Roads Lead to Blood (2040 Books Awards) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781939650870
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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - September 1st, 2018

Event date: 
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Blue Stoop Presents: Crystal Hana Kim in conversation with Sara Nović


Join us as Crystal Hana Kim, author of If You Leave Me, is in conversation with Sara Nović!

An emotionally riveting debut novel about war, family, and forbidden love—the unforgettable saga of two ill-fated lovers in Korea and the heartbreaking choices they’re forced to make in the years surrounding the civil war that still haunts us today.

When the communist-backed army from the north invades her home, sixteen-year-old Haemi Lee, along with her widowed mother and ailing brother, is forced to flee to a refugee camp along the coast. For a few hours each night, she escapes her family’s makeshift home and tragic circumstances with her childhood friend, Kyunghwan.

Focused on finishing school, Kyunghwan doesn’t realize his older and wealthier cousin, Jisoo, has his sights set on the beautiful and spirited Haemi—and is determined to marry her before joining the fight. But as Haemi becomes a wife, then a mother, her decision to forsake the boy she always loved for the security of her family sets off a dramatic saga that will have profound effects for generations to come.

Richly told and deeply moving, If You Leave Me is a stunning portrait of war and refugee life, a passionate and timeless romance, and a heartrending exploration of one woman’s longing for autonomy in a rapidly changing world.

Praise for If You Leave Me

“An immersive, heartbreaking story about war, passion, and the road not taken.” — People

“Heartrending . . . a stunning feat of lyricism.” — USA Today

"One of the most beautiful and moving love stories you’ll read this year." — Nylon Magazine

Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel If You Leave Me was published in August 2018. She was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, Jentel, among others. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from The Washington Post, Elle Magazine, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal and is the Director of Writing Instruction at Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband. 



Sara Nović is the author of the novel Girl at War (Random House, 2015), which won the American Library Association Alex Award, was an LA Times book prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper's, BOMB, Guernica, Electric Literature, TriQuarterly and others. Nović studied fiction and literary translation in the MFA at Columbia University. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Stockton University in NJ, and lives in Philadelphia.

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If You Leave Me: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062645173
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Published: William Morrow - August 7th, 2018

Girl at War: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812986396
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 22nd, 2016

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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