Alexander Chee Book Club

Join Alexander Chee for a reading and discussion about the craft of writing. The event starts with a reading from How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, followed by a discussion about all things writing, capping off the evening with a writing prompt to get the wheels turning. Register for this free event at http://bit.ly/AlexanderChee
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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation’s history, including his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, his adult reckoning with childhood sexual trauma, the jobs that supported him as he wrote his debut, Edinburgh (from Tarot-reading to bookselling to cater-waiting for William F. Buckley), and the election of Donald Trump.

By turns commanding, heartbreaking, and wry, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel asks questions about how we create ourselves in life and in art, and how to fight when our dearest truths are under attack.

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel, all from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, T Magazine, Tin House, Slate, and Guernica, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781328764522
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Published: Mariner Books - April 17th, 2018

The Queen of the Night Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780544925472
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Published: Mariner Books - November 2016

Edinburgh Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544916128
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Published: Mariner Books - November 2016