Mary H.K. Choi: Permanent Record (w/ Jenna Wortham)
Wednesday September 4: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
Join us on the 2nd floor where Mary H.K. Choi will be discussing her newest book with Jenna Wortham.
On paper, college dropout Pablo Rind doesn’t have a whole lot going for him. His graveyard shift at a twenty-four-hour deli in Brooklyn is a struggle. Plus, he’s up to his eyeballs in credit card debt. Never mind the state of his student loans.
Pop juggernaut Leanna Smart has enough social media followers to populate whole continents. The brand is unstoppable. She graduated from child stardom to become an international icon and her adult life is a queasy blur of private planes, step-and-repeats, aspirational hotel rooms, and strangers screaming for her just to notice them.
When Leanna and Pablo meet at 5:00 a.m. at the bodega in the dead of winter it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. But as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to defy the deafening expectations of everyone else, Lee and Pab turn to each other. Which, of course, is when things get properly complicated.
Mary H.K. Choi is a writer for The New York Times, GQ, Wired, and The Atlantic. She has written comics for Marvel and DC, as well as a collection of essays called Oh, Never Mind. Her debut novel Emergency Contact was a New York Times bestseller. She is the host of Hey, Cool Job!, a podcast about jobs and Hey, Cool Life!, a podcast about mental health and creativity. Mary grew up in Hong Kong and Texas and now lives in New York. Follow her on Twitter @ChoitotheWorld. (Photo: Aaron Richter)
Jenna Wortham is a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, and co-host of the podcast Still Processing. she is the co-editor of the forthcoming Black Futures with Kimberly Drew, due out from one world in 2020. (Photo: Kathy Ryan)