This Week is Lit

Great literature doesn’t just transcend culture: it engages with, celebrates, and examines it. Brookline Brooksmiths recognize this. The family-owned bookstore’s Transnational Literature Series highlights “stories of migration, the intersection of politics and literature, and works in translation.” Join the next installment—In Their Voices: Korean Adoptees Tell Their Stories—on Sunday night at 8pm EST. 

Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know, will speak on Sunday. Chung’s acclaimed memoir explores her experience as a transracial adoptee in a small Oregon community and candidly recounts her later search for her biological family. A contributor to The Gaurdian, GQ, The New York Times and more, Chung serves as editor-in-chief for award winning Catapult magazine. 

Author Jenny Heijun-Wills will also speak at the event. Her book Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. won the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. She is an instructor at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba and specializes in critical race studies, American literature and writing. 

Register for Sunday’s conversation on Crowdcast

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More Reading and Literary Resources: 

July 20, 8pm EST, Memoir Monday.

Want to hear more from nonfiction writers? Click here to register for Memoir Monday’s event featuring readings from Tyrese Coleman, R. Eric Thomas, Shayla Lawson, and Ross Gay.

July 20-25, 5pm PST, Tin House Summer Workshops Reading Series.

Tin House is bringing us access to a week of readings. Monday features Megan Fernandes, Jonathan Hill, Jenn Shapland, and Jeannie Vanasco; Wednesday has Mira Jacob, Saeed Jones, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Elissa Washuta; and Saturday features Hanif Abdurraqib, Melissa Febos, and Solmaz Sharif. For a full schedule and links, head here.

July 21, 11am PST, Lockdown Lit at Lunch. 

Enjoy a bit of literary respite on your lunch break, and hear Jennifer Steil (former Saranac Review contributor!) and Ava Homa talk about their respective novels. Learn more here.

July 21, 7pm EST, At Home with Literati

Our fiction editor and SUNY Plattsburgh faculty member Sara Schaff will be talking about her new book The Invention of Love with Greg Schutz through Ann Arbor-based Literati Bookstore. Click here for info.

July 22, 7:30pm EDT,
Wild & Precious Life Series

Join the Wild & Precious Life Series again this week with readings by Victoria Chang, Roberto Carlos Garcia, Marilyn Nelson, and Rueben Quesada. Click here for the link.

July 23, 7pm EDT,
Understanding the Short Fiction of Carson McCullers.

Switch things up with some literary criticism, and learn from scholars Alison Graham-Bertolini and Casey Kayser. Register on Eventbrite.  

July 25, 3pm EDT, Write in Brooklyn: An Afternoon with Marlon James.

Get to know novelist and Booker Man prize winner Marlon James as he converses with St. Francis College’s MFA in Writing students. Register here.