Join Gish Jen, the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Resisters for a talk on her latest collection of short stories, Thank You Mr. Nixon. The book takes measure of the fifty years since the opening of China and its unexpected effects on the lives of ordinary people. With their profound compassion and equally profound humor, these eleven linked stories trace the intimate ways in which humans make and are made by history, capturing an extraordinary era in an extraordinary way.
This program is sponsored by the MetroWest Readers Fest and 24 Boston area libraries. Check out https://www.metrowestreadersfest.org/one for information and complementary programming in your community!
Gish Jen has published short work in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and dozens of other periodicals, anthologies and textbooks. Her work has been chosen for The Best American Short Stories five times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. Nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award, her work was featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel and is widely taught.
Jen is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been awarded a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study fellowship, and a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living; she has also delivered the William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University. She is currently a Visiting Professor at Harvard. Thank You, Mr. Nixon is her ninth book.
More about Gish Jen and Thank You, Mr. Nixon:
How Covid got Gish Jen Thinking About China, The New York Times
Place and displacement in ‘Thank You, Mr. Nixon’, The Boston Globe
Becoming American: Personal Journeys. 2003 interview with Bill Moyers
Updike, Remembered, The New Republic. Gish Jen writes about being selected as John Updike's self-selected "successor."