Friday, Sep 25 | 7 pm *ONLINE*
The Yavapai College Literary Southwest Series presents an evening with award-winning author Lisa Ko, who will read excerpts from her works. A discussion will follow.
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About the Author
Lisa Ko's debut novel, The Leavers, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award, the 2018 Pen/Hemingway Award, and the 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.
The Leavers also won the prestigious Barbara Kingsolver PEN/Bellweather Prize in 2016 for socially engaged fiction.
The Leavers was named a best book of the year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. The first-generation daughter of Chinese immigrants from the Philippines, Ko's writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere. Ko, a former librarian, has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony.
Born in Queens and raised in New Jersey, she now lives in Brooklyn.
About The Leavers
One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.
With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.
Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past. This powerful debut is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.
The Leavers is presently available to purchase from us online, and will also be available at our downtown store by September 10th.