This Week is Lit

The chance that you’re at home with your family right now is pretty high. It may or may not be a model nuclear family, but its still your family. Families of all kinds are being challenged right now, and this event, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Press, is meant to open a window into the Korean Diaspora and the struggle for connection that accompanies it. 

With an MFA in poetry, and an MA in fiction, Caroline Kim was nominated by Jellyfish Review for a 2019 Best of the Net award. This month, Kim launches her first collection of short stories, The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories.

The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories offers a peek into the lives of Koreans and Korean-Americans that are ultimately linked by “their longing for human connection and a search for the place—or people—that will feel like home.” Kim’s characters, a teenage girl in 1980’s America; a boy growing up in the middle of the Korean War; and an immigrant father struggling to be closer to his adult daughter, all have to overcome language barriers while caught in imperfect circumstances. 

Listeners can expect “intimate, often wistful portraits set amid the stifling and conflicting expectations of families and cultures” as described by Wendy Hinman from Foreword Reviews. There is even a genre bending element to her work that comes in the form of a therapy robot.

Kim’s reading includes a conversation with American fiction writer and journalist Alexander Chee.

To register for this event ahead of time click here.

The event begins October 8th at 6pm.

More Readings and Virtual Events:

October 7 at 7pm, University of South Florida Presents
Join the beloved Pulitzer Prize winner, Jericho Brown, for this Wednesday night event hosted by the University of South Florida. Event details here.

October 8 at 9pm EDT, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenburg Fellows Reading
This event will feature Isabella Borgeson, Luther Hughes, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Darius Simpson, and Khaty Xiong. Click here for the event!

October 8 at 4pm, Grit & Grace: 43rd Annual ODU Festival
This event features many literary offerings including poet and essayist Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Join her event here.

October 9 at 8pm EDT, Women & Children First
Women & Children First are back with a literary event focused on the collection Fury: Women's Lived Experiences During the Trump Era edited by Amy Roost. Roost will be joined by anthology contributors Sarah Einstein, Suzanne Clores, Dina Elenbogen, and Cassandra Lane. Click through to access the event.