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Lisa Ko

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 7:00p.m.

Lisa Ko’s debut novel won the 2017 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. A powerful story of borders and belonging, “The Leavers” follows the life of 11-year-old Deming Guo after his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.