F296. A Reading & Conversation with Mira Jacob & Monique Truong, Sponsored by Kundiman
Lila Cockrell Theatre, Henry B. González Center, Street Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
8:30 pm to 9:45 pm
Join Kundiman for an evening with Monique Truong and Mira Jacob, two masterful multi-genre authors of lyrical and vital work. Each author will give a reading, followed by a moderated discussion about their work and its engagement with family, food, identity, and history. Kundiman's Kyle Lucia Wu will introduce, and Crystal Hana Kim will moderate. Kundiman is a national nonprofit dedicated to nurturing generations of Asian American literature.
Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel If You Leave Me was named a best book of 2018 by multiple outlets, including The Washington Post, Booklist, Literary Hub, and Nylon. It was also longlisted for the Center for Fiction Novel Prize. Kim was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, and Jentel, among others. Her work has been published in Elle Magazine, The Paris Review, Guernica, and elsewhere. She currently teaches at Columbia University and is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal.
Monique Truong is the Vietnamese American author of The Book of Salt (2003), Bitter in the Mouth (2010), and The Sweetest Fruits (2019). Recipient of a Robert W. Bingham Fellowship, Hodder Fellowship, U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship, and Guggenheim Fellowship, she is a former refugee, novelist, essayist, lyricist/librettist, avid eater, and retired intellectual property attorney (more or less in this order). She serves as vice president of the Authors Guild and is a member of the Creative Advisory Council for Hedgebrook and Advisory Committee of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN).
Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, and shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award.