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This Week’s Readings

I was pretty under the weather last week, but on Tuesday I got the chance to check out Marisha Pessl (SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS) at PowerHouse promoting her new book: NIGHT FILM. In lieu of a full writeup, I’ll just say that you can’t go wrong with a book based in part on Hitchcock films, gothic novels, and Stanley Kubrick. Learn more here and get your hands on it asap.

MONDAY: Ted Kerasote (PUKKA’S PROMISE) will talk dogs.  [BookCourt]

TUESDAY: Fiction Addiction will host a night with Guernica Magazine, featuring Vaddey Ratner, Katie Kitamura, Elizabeth Crane, and Elliott Holt. [2A]

WEDNESDAY: The How I Learned Series will focus on “How I Learned to Break all the Rules” with Will Hines, Mindy Raf, Aaron Wolfe, Amanda Duarte, and Jen Bosworth. [Happy Ending]

THURSDAY: MK Asante will read from his memoir, BUCK. [PowerHouse Arena]

FRIDAY: Off to Wisco for me. Have a great Labor Day!

BookStalked: Catherine Chung (Forgotten Country)

Catherine Chung’s first novel, Forgotten Country (named an Indie Next, O Magazine and Publishers Weekly pick), skillfully weaves a Korean family’s history with their rather dire present. When Janie’s sister Hannah was born in Korea, her grandmother told them that the family had lost a daughter in every generation since the Japanese occupation of Korea. When college-aged Hannah goes missing in Michigan, Janie is charged with finding her and bringing her back. Focusing on themes of family, legend, loss and immigration, the book has been called “luminous,” “gorgeous” and “inexpressibly beautiful.”

A Midwestern transplant, Catherine now lives in New York and is a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. True to her writing style, she provided me with some truly momentous and magical tales—after the jump.

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