Alexander Chee: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel (w/ Joseph Osmundson)
Wednesday April 18: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Buy a copy of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel or a $15 gift card in-store at the Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the main store elevator or the stairs and elevator next door at 826 Broadway.
The author of the national best-seller The Queen of the Night has written his first collection of essays that explore his life as a man, a writer, and an activist. His latest work is his manifesto on how we form our identities in the creative world, mixing life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons he learned from reading and writing have shaped who he is. In these essays he morphs from a student to a teacher, reader to writer, and considers his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean-American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He recalls some of the most formative experiences of his life and the country’s history, including his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, writing his first novel, and the election of Donald Trump.
Join us as Alexander Chee shares his heartbreaking, captivating, and wry essays with Joseph Osmundson, scientist and writer with bylines at the Village Voice, Los Angeles Review of Books, author of Capsid: A Love Song and INSIDE/OUT, and cohost of the Food 4 Thot podcast.