Face Out: Doretta Lau, Annie Choi, & Aaron Peck
Thursday, May 1
Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
Join us in welcoming some more Canadians and old friends! Doretta Lau presents her new story collection, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? Joining her is Annie Choi, author of Shut Up, You’re Welcome, and Aaron Peck, author of The Bewilderments of Bernard Willis.
Building on the success of the Journey Prize-shortlisted title story, the stories of How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? present an updated and whimsical new take on what it means to be Canadian. Doretta Lau’s stories feature the children and grandchildren of immigrants, transnational adoptees and multiracial adults who came of age in the 1990s—all struggling to find a place in the Western world and using the only language they know to express their hopes, fears and expectations.
Written in Annie Choi‘s strikingly original and indignant voice, Shut Up, You’re Welcome paints a revealing portrait of Annie in all her quirky, compelling, riotous glory. From the time her family ditched her on Christmas to her father’s attachment to the World’s Ugliest Table, Choi weaves together deeply personal experiences with laugh-out-loud observations, all of which will delight and entertain you.
In Aaron Peck‘s book, Bernard Willis was an archivist at work in a residency at Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts when he mysteriously disappeared. Two unnamed people, lovers, find Willis’s manuscript-in-progress and decide to prepare it for publication. The editors aver that Willis was attempting to live, and write, in a perpetual state of bewilderment. They invite the reader to consider the mystery of his sudden disappearance . . .