Four Beloved Local Scribes, Dan Goor, Derek Haas, John Hamburg and Aline Brosh McKenna Discuss Breaking into the Biz… Pithy Advice Served with Party Cake!

Friday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Four of our beloved – and stellar! – local scribes Dan Goor, Derek Haas, John Hamburg & Aline Brosh McKenna, many fabulous screenplays, brilliant TV shows, at least two Emmys,  and several  thrilling novels among them, will talk about breaking into the business and working in Hollywood. Partake of their wit and advice and help celebrate a surprise birthday guest. NOT TO BE MISSED!! Talk, q&a, cake and beverages.

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Aline Brosh McKenna is currently the co-creator, executive producer, head writer and showrunner of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the critically acclaimed, Emmy-award winning CW show. Her other credits include the movies “27 Dresses” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” for which she was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. She was born in France and is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard.

Haas author photo largeDerek Haas is the author of the “Silver Bear thrillers” – The Silver Bear, Columbus, Dark Men and A Different Lie, as well as the spy thriller, The Right Hand. Derek co-created “Chicago Fire” and executive produces “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago Justice” for NBC.  He also co-wrote the screenplays for 3:10 to Yuma, Wanted, and 2 Fast 2 Furious.   His new book, The Way I Die, will be published in December.  He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

JohnHamburgJohn Hamburg was born and raised in New York City. He began making short films while still in high school, and later at Brown University, then at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After writing and directing the cult comedy “Safe Men,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, he co-wrote the screenplays for the popular comedies “Meet The Parents,” “Meet The Fockers,” “LIttle Fockers” and “Zoolander.” He wrote and directed the Ben Stiller/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy “Along Came Polly” and co-wrote, produced and directed “I Love You, Man” starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. Hamburg most recently co-wrote, directed and executive-produced the big-screen comedy “Why Him?” starring Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Keegan-Michael Key, Megan Mullally and Zoey Deutch.Hamburg lives in Hancock Park with his wife and 5-year-old daughter, Stella, who can be found hanging out at Chevalier’s with her dad nearly every Saturday for between 1 and 7 hours.

DanGoorDan Goor is the co-creator and show runner of the Golden Globe winning comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Prior to that, Dan was an executive producer and writer on the critically acclaimed comedy “Parks and Recreation.” Goor got his start writing for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” for which he won an Emmy Award in 2001. He also won an Emmy Award in 2007 for his work on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Purvi, and their two daughters.  He can be found on Sunday mornings at Chevalier’s, giving Liz book recommendations.

Independent Bookstore Day Celebration!

 

Saturday, April 29th

Independent Bookstore Day Celebrates independent bookstores nationwide on Saturday, April 29th, with literary parties around the country.

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Across the nation, independent bookstores are holding  a full-day, all points bulletin, all hands on deck party.  And at Chevalier’s we’ve been flying those literary party banners high for a lucky 77 years!  Yes, it bears repeating: Indie bookstores are cultural hubs, watering holes for thirsty imaginations, a place where we might rub elbows with the literati or witness children raptly listening to a story, where we happen upon new ideas and discoveries, bump into old friends and make new ones — some fictional, others, our neighbors. In these critical times, the indie bookstore remains an open public space where we are able to read-up, replenish and cross-pollinate. Come enjoy the tonic potency of books and the people who love them on Saturday, April 29th.

Come join us as we celebrate the day.


Our honorary in-house authors for the day will be holding open house, ready to share their considerable charm, taste and knowledge with you!

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From 10:00 a.m. to noon,  we’ve snagged novelist Kemper Donovan, author of the Los Angeles-based comic novel A Decent Proposal.

From noon until 3 p.m., we’re so lucky to have Charlotte Huang,  author of the excellent young adult novels FCharlotte Huangor the Record and Going Geek.

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From noon til 3:00 p.m., we have the funny, warm and smart novelist Julia Claiborne Johnson,  author of the funny, warm and smart Be Frank With Me.     

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And from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m the splendid novelist  and non-fiction writer Judith Freeman , author, most recently of The Latter Days: A Memoir, has generously agreed to visit with us.

Also joining us (!!!) times TBA:

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National Book Award Finalist Sarah Bynum, author, most recently of the novel Ms. Hempel Chronicles

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outstanding YA novelist Julie Buxbaum, What to Say Next

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the wonderful novelist Steven Rowley, Lily and the Octopus, 

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and Abbi Waxman, forthcoming with the novel Garden of Small Beginnings

Factory Worker-turned-High Powered Lawyer Jim McDermott Reads and Signs his Debut Novel Bitter Is The Wind

Sunday, April 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Jim McDermott’s personally-lived debut novel, Bitter is The Wind, questions the veracity of the American dream for the working class and arrives at a harder-grained vision of  aspirational ideals.  A white collar novelist of rural blue collar origins giving a reading, talk, q&a and signing.

Bitter Is The bitteristhewindWind is a coming of age novel that traces the lives of George Johnson, Jr. and his father from the rural blue collar landscape of upstate New York in the 1970s to the halls of Wharton Business School and the heights of Wall Street. After a family tragedy strengthens their familial bond, the Johnsons contend with assembly line monotony, unfulfilled dreams of baseball stardom, and they learn what it means to be tempted, trapped, jailed and ignored by a seemingly uncaring God.

First time novelist Jim McDermott opens a window on the American working class and its aching desire for financial security, recognition, and respect. His characters confront a modern world with limited possibilities, ambiguous mores, and authorities who seem devoted to keeping the brightest and most talented members of the underclass on the other side of town.

“..Like (Raymond) Carver, McDermott has a way of beautifully and crisply illuminating the thoughts and feelings of solid, blue-collar Americans…Simple, written from bones and muscle. A startling debut.” -Huffington Post
jim-mcdermott-author-photo-for-winter-intstitueJim McDermott is a nationally recognized business litigation attorney based in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He has worked on an assembly line and also represented multinational corporations. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Virginia Law School. Bitter Is the Wind, which he worked on for twenty-five years, is his first novel.

Nova YA Authors! Audrey Coulthurst,Of Fire And Stars, Joins Mary McCoy for the Launch of her new Novel, Camp So-And-So

Sunday, March 19th at 4:30 p.m. 

YA novelist Mary McCoy launches Camp So-And-Soa wild and funny novel that will not fail to delight, especially if you like summer camp served with a little camp, and a soupçon of Shakespeare. She is joined by Lambda literary fellow Audrey Coulthurst author of the recently published Of Fire and Stars, which is being hailed for telling the story of blossoming love between two princess heroines in a finely woven fantasy tale that takes on real-world issues.  Pop into this party of two exciting YA mavericks as we celebrate the launch of Camp So-And-So,with a reading, talk, q&a, and signing.

campsoThe letters went out in mid-February. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains. Each letter came with a glossy brochure with photographs of young women climbing rocks, performing Shakespeare under the stars, and spiking volleyballs. By the end of the month, twenty-five applications had been completed, signed, and mailed. Had any of these girls tried to visit the camp for themselves on that day in February, they would have discovered that there was no such mountain, and that no one within a fifty-mile radius had ever heard of Camp So-and-So . . .

“Tongue-in-cheek quips from an (at first) unknown third-party narrator and nods to A Midsummer Night’s Dream tie everything together in this crafty, and, yes, campy novel that plays with familiar themes before it subverts them. Pure weird entertainment from start to finish.” – Booklist (starred review)

 OfFireandStars.jpgIn Of Fire and Stars, Princess Dennaleia is betrothed to the prince of Mynaria,  and has always known her future. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms. But Denna has a secret: an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift in a land where magic is forbidden. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed. When an assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna join forces to search for the culprit. They soon discover there is more to one another than they thought—and their friendship is blossoming into something more. But with dangerous conflict brewing, acting on their feelings could be deadly and Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other. 

“A powerful and exquisite love story that also provides incisive political commentary and cautions against zealotry, vengeance, and intolerance. The central mystery is intriguing, Coulthurst’s worldbuilding is excellent, and the book’s explosive conclusion both thrills and satisfies” – Publishers Weekly (starred review) and a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for Fall

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Mary McCoy is a writer and a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has also been a contributor to On Bunker Hill and the 1947project, where she wrote stories about Los Angeles’s notorious past. She grew up in western Pennsylvania and studied at Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin.  She is the author of Camp So-and-So and Dead to Me (Disney-Hyperion).

audreycoulthurstAudrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse. Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University, is a member of SCBWI, and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California

Acclaimed NY Times Bestselling Novelist Christina Baker Kline (Orphan Train) Celebrates the Publication of Her New Novel A Piece of the World

Thursday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Christina Baker Kline, author of the sweeping bestseller Orphan Train, is celebrated for her unerring and masterful ability to conceive magnificent fiction from obscure historical fact. In her highly praised new novel A Piece of The World, she envisages the life invoked by Andrew Wyeth’s indelible painting  Christina’s World and spins a nuanced and fascinating story of its subject, Christina Olson and the mutually transformative friendship between artist and muse that grew from his depiction of her. We are delighted and thrilled to celebrate this stellar author and the publication of the first edition of A Piece of The World, gifting us with a reading, talk, q&a and signing to follow.

PieceoftheWorld Final.jpgIn A Piece of the World, Kline vividly imagines the life of Christina Olson, the complex woman and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece Christina’s World. The painting — which features a mysterious woman in a pink dress sitting in a field, gazing at a weathered house in the distance — is an iconic piece of American art. To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by a degenerative illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Her fate changed the day 22-year-old Andrew Wyeth knocked on her front door. For more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century. As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait,  A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

This edition includes a four-color reproduction of Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World.

“Andrew Wyeth’s celebrated painting Christina’s World has her back to the viewer, but Kline turns her to face the reader, simultaneously equipping her with a back story and a lyrical voice…A character portrait that is painterly, sensuous, and sympathetic.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A graceful, moving and powerful demonstration of what can happen when a fearless literary imagination combines with an inexhaustible curiosity about the past and the human heart.” — Michael Chabon

“A brilliantly imagined fictional memoir of the woman in the famed Wyeth painting ‘Christina’s World,’ so detailed, moving, and utterly transportive that I’ll never be able to look at the painting again without thinking of this book and the characters who populate its pages.” — Erik Larson
Kline Christina Baker highres credit to Karin Diana.JPGChristina Baker Kline is the author of the new novel A Piece of the World (2017), about the relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of his best-known painting, Christina’s World. Kline has written five other novels—Orphan Train, The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines—and written or edited five works of nonfiction. Her 2013 novel Orphan Train spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at #1, and was published in 40 countries. More than 100 communities and colleges have chosen it as a “One Book, One Read” selection. Her adaptation of Orphan Train for young readers is Orphan Train Girl (2017). She lives near New York City and on the coast of Maine.

Author and “Policing Project” Director Barry Friedman, Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission, in Conversation with LA Police Commission President Matt Johnson

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m.

In Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission, author, prominent law professor and “Policing Project” director Barry Friedman delivers a galvanizing and systemic overview on contemporary policing that reveals not only how Ferguson’s laying open of excessive – and discriminatory- force is tied to Snowden’s exposure of citizen surveillance but argues that only our full engagement will give us the reformation required for a robust democracy. Friedman will be in conversation with well-known attorney Matt Johnson, the civilian president of the LA Police Commission. Join them in a crucial discussion about the present policing impasse and the liberating way forward in this conversation, reading, q&a and signing.  

unwarrantedAs the debate about out-of-control policing heats up, an authority on constitutional law offers a provocative account of how our rights have been eroded. Unwarranted tells the stories of ordinary people whose lives were torn apart by policing—by the methods of cops on the beat and those of the FBI and NSA. Driven by technology, policing has changed dramatically. Once, cops sought out bad guys; today, increasingly militarized forces conduct wide surveillance of all of us. Policing falls particularly heavily on minority communities and the poor, but as Unwarranted makes clear, the effects of policing are much broader still. Police play an indispensable role in our society. But our failure to supervise them has left us all in peril. And the courts, which we depended upon to supervise policing, have let us down entirely. In Unwarranted, Barry Friedman argues that the problem is not so much the policing agencies as it is the rest of us. We allow these agencies to operate in secret and to decide how to police us, rather than calling the shots ourselves. Unwarranted is a critical, timely intervention into debates about policing and a call to take responsibility for governing those who govern us.

“In this remarkably lucid and persuasive book, Barry Friedman forces us to confront the most difficult, uncomfortable question about policing: not what should the police do, but what do we want the police to do? With insight and passion, Unwarranted lays out a vision for truly democratic policing. A must-read.” —Chris Hayes, host of All In with Chris Hayes and author of Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy

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Barry Friedman is the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and the director of the Policing Project. For thirty years he has taught, written about, and litigated issues of constitutional law and criminal procedure. He is the author of The Will of the People. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, and The New Republic, among other publications. He lives with his wife and two children in New York City.

mattjpolicephotoMatthew W. Johnson is President of the Los Angeles Police Commission and the managing partner of Ziffren Brittenham LLP. He has an extensive film and television practice, representing some of the most recognizable on-camera talent today as well as many renowned film and television producers, directors and writers. In 2008, Commissioner Johnson was the youngest person recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the 100 Power Lawyers in the Entertainment Industry. He was also named one of the Root 100 Most Influential African Americans in the United States.

Much-Buzzed-About Debut YA Novelist Kayla Cagan Launches Piper Perish

Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Playwright-writer Kayla Cagan has received enthusiastic kudos for her humorous debut YA novel that paints a true-to-life portrait of a teen artist bursting to make a break to the wider world and struggling to reconcile this urgent desire with ties to family and longtime friends.The experiences of Piper Perish, the novel’s title character,  will resonate with YA readers asking big questions of life and demanding, as they should, honest and soulful answers– and the pizza to go with it. Join Kayla Cagan as we celebrate the novel’s launch with pizza, refreshments, and Kayla’s reading, q&a, and signing.
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Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper’s dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she’s never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper’s sister’s tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper’s art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power when it means giving up so much? Featuring interior art from Rookie magazine illustrator Maria Ines Gul, Piper will have readers asking big questions along with her. 

“Cagan tells Piper’s story with amazing authenticity… soulful reading for any artistic teen with a dream.”—Booklist, starred review

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“A character readers will remember.”—Kirkus Reviews

Kayla Cagan is a writer and playwright. She received her BFA in Theater from Stephen F. Austin University. She lives in Los Angeles. This is her first book.

Prize-winning Poet Chen Chen Reading & Signing His Debut Collection of Poems When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

Monday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m.

Selected by the highly-acclaimed poet Jericho Brown for the 15th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, Chen Chen’s  dazzling debut collection When I Grow up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities has invited comparisons to Dickinson and Walt Whitman, to name only two great poets, and is lauded for its original wit as well as active, communicative ache. Come absorb the radiant élan of Chen Chen giving a reading, talk, q&a, and signing.

whenigrowupIn this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love.
“Chen Chen refuses to be boxed in or nailed down. He is a poet of Whitman’s multitudes and of Langston Hughes’ blues, of Dickinson’s ‘so cold no fire can warm me’ and of Michael Palmer’s comic interrogation. What unifies the brilliance of When I Grow up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities is a voice desperate to believe that within every one of life’s sadnesses there is also hope, meaning, and—if we are willing to laugh at ourselves—humor. This is a book I wish existed when I first began reading poetry. Chen is a poet I’ll be reading for the rest of my life.” – Jericho Brown, author of Please, The New Testament

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Chen Chen was born in Xiamen, China, and grew up in Massachusetts. His work has appeared in two chapbooks and in such publications as Poetry, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. In addition to the 2016 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, he has been awarded fellowships from Kundiman, the Saltonstall Foundation,  and Lambda Literary. Chen lives in Lubbock, Texas, with his partner, Jeff Gilbert, and their pug dog, Rupert Giles.

‘Mysteries with a Mission: As Part of Lambda LitFest LA, Michael Nava, Lay Your Sleeping Head, in conversation with Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders

Friday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Thirty years ago, writer Michael Nava set out to write a mystery that would pay homage to classic crime fiction but also upend the genre. The character he created, Henry Rios, a gay, Chicano criminal defense lawyer became the central figure in a celebrated seven novel series. In this ‘Queer Plática’ ( a Spanish word for the kind of deep, engaged talk you might have over cafecitos in a Mexico City cafe) held in tandem with Lambda LitFest LA, writer-scholar Alicia Gaspar De Alba, Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders, will explore how one approaches writing a ‘mystery with a mission’ as Nava celebrates the recent publication of Lay Your Sleeping Head, his new iteration of the original novel he wrote three decades ago. Delve into how to write sex scenes, navigate homophobia, and revisit a work after many years in this talk, reading, q&a and signing.

layyourIn a brilliant re-imagination of The Little Death, first of the Henry Rios series, Lay Your Sleeping Head retains all the complexity and elegance of the plot of the original novel but deepens the themes of personal alienation and erotic obsession that both honored the traditions of the American crime novel and turned them on their head. Henry Rios, a gifted and humane lawyer driven to drink by professional failure and personal demons, meets a charming junkie struggling to stay clean. He tells Rios an improbable tale of long-ago murders in his wealthy family. Rios is skeptical, but the erotic spark between them ignites an obsessive affair that ends only when the man’s body is discovered with a needle in his arm on the campus of a great California university. Rios refuses to believe his lover’s death was an accidental overdose. His hunt for the killer takes him down San Francisco’s mean streets and into Nob Hill mansions where he uncovers the secrets behind a legendary California fortune and the reason the man he loved had to die.

“…[S]exier and starker than its original… both a poetic character study of the first queer Chicano lawyer in Latino letters and a mystery with a mission that uses the noir genre to expose family secrets such as incest, depression, and addiction, as well as the rampant homophobia of both mainstream and Latino culture.”-Alicia Gaspar De Alba

desertbloodDesert Blood: The Juarez Murders is set in the summer of 1998. For five years over a hundred mangled and desecrated bodies have been found dumped on the Chihuahua desert outside of Juárez, México, just across the river from El Paso, Texas.Even as the rapes and killings of “girls from the south” continue-their tragic stories written in desert blood-a conspiracy covers up the crimes that implicate everyone from the Maquiladora Association to the Border Patrol.  El Paso native Ivon Villa has returned to her hometown to adopt a baby. When Ivon’s younger sister gets kidnapped in Juárez, Ivon knows that it’s up to her to find her sister, whatever it takes. Despite the sharp warnings she gets from family, friends, and nervous officials, Ivon’s investigation moves her deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of silence.

michaelnavaMichael Nava is the author of an acclaimed series of seven novels featuring gay Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios which won six Lambda Literary Awards.  In 2000, he was awarded the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in LGBT literature.  The New York Times review of the last Rios novel called him “one of our best.” His most recent novel, The City of Palaces, was a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for best gay novel and was awarded the 2014 International Latino Literary Award for best novel. His new novel Lay Your Sleeping Head, is a reimagining of the first Henry Rios novel published 30 years ago.

aliciaAlicia Gaspar de Alba , a native of the Juarez/El Paso border region, is a Chicana lesbian radical feminist Professor of Chicana/o Studies, English, and Gender Studies at UCLA. She has published 11 books, among them a Lambda Literary Foundation-Award-winning mystery novel, Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders (2005), as well as historical novels, poetry, shortfiction, and academic books and essays. Alicia was on the Steering Committee of the First Annual Lambda Litfest 2016.  www.aliciagaspardealba.net.

Author Gish Jen Reads & Signs Her Provocative Non-Fiction Work, The Girl at the Baggage Claim, Not to Be missed!!!

 Thursday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m.

In her fascinating and richly researched non-fiction treatise The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap, acclaimed novelist Gish Jen mines East/West cultural differences for the insights they afford into self-perception and contrasts individualism with interdependence as a central clue to what makes our contemporary society tick. Delve with Gish Jen into how you may be akin to an avocado, formed around an inner self, or, conversely, more shaped by your role in the outer, bigger order of things. We are honored to host Gish Jen as she explores her timely discoveries about age old dualities in this talk, reading and signing.

girl-at-the-baggage-claim Is our mantra “To thine own self be true”? Or do we believe we belong to something larger than ourselves–a family, a religion, a troop–that claims our first allegiance? The Girl at the Baggage Claim is a provocative study of the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about the self and society and what this means for current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business. Gish Jen–drawing on a treasure trove of stories and personal anecdotes, as well as cutting-edge research in cultural psychology–reveals how this difference shapes what we perceive and remember, what we say and do and make–how it shapes everything from our ideas about copying and talking in class to the difference between Apple and Alibaba. And while focused on East West differences, Jen notes regional, economic and generational differences within the U.S.; Southerners and working class Americans, for example, still tilt toward interdependence. As engaging as it is illuminating, this is a book that stands to profoundly enrich our understanding of ourselves and of our world.

“A fascinating, brilliant book that gripped me from page one. Subtle, erudite, and daring… a tour de force by one of the most insightful writers of our time.”
—Amy Chua,  author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother 

“I loved the book! A deep psychological examination of how place, habits, and identity mix in our world. Tremendous!” —Yo-Yo Ma

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Gish Jen is the author of three previous novels and a book of stories. Her honors include the Lannan Literary Award for fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.