Lisa Ko will Present her new Softcover Novel ~ The Leavers

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Lisa Ko, Winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction will Present her New Softcover Novel The Leavers.  This Event is Co-Presented by Rainy Day Books & Mid-Continent Public Library.

ABOUT LISA KO:  Lisa Ko's fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Apogee Journal, Narrative, Copper Nickel, the Asian Pacific American Journal, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Writers OMI at Ledig House, the Jerome Foundation, and Blue Mountain Center, among others.  She was born in New York City, where she now lives.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  FINALIST FOR THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION! Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Bustle, and Electric Literature

"There was a time I would have called Lisa Ko's novel beautifully written, ambitious, and moving, and all of that is true, but it's more than that now: if you want to understand a forgotten and essential part of the world we live in, The Leavers is required reading." ~ Ann Patchett,  Bestselling Author of Commonwealth

Lisa Ko's powerful debut, The Leavers, is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.

One morning, Deming Guo's mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon--and never comes home.  No one can find any trace of her.  With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft.  Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson.  But far from all he's ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents' desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.  Told from the perspective of both Daniel--as he grows into a directionless young man--and Polly, Ko's novel gives us one of fiction's most singular mothers.  Loving and selfish, determined and frightened, Polly is forced to make one heartwrenching choice after another.

DATE & TIME:  Monday, June 04, 2018, at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Mid-Continent Public Library, Woodneath Library Center, The Story Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64157

EVENT FORMAT:  Lisa Ko, Winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction will Present her New Softcover Novel The Leavers and answer audience questions.  A Meet & Greet Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  Lisa Ko will Autograph her New Books that are purchased from Rainy Day Books at or before this Event.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required at www.MyMCPL.org/Events/Speaker-Series or Call the Library at 816-883-4900.  Rainy Day Books will have Lisa Ko's for Sale at this Event, or you may Pre-Order for In-Store or At-Event Pick-Up through the link below.  Seating is General Admission.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Mid-Continent Public Library, Woodneath Library Center, The Story Center
8900 NE Flintlock Road
Kansas City, MO 64157
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The Leavers Cover Image
By Lisa Ko
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208042
Availability: In Stock as of this morning. Order Now!
Published: Algonquin Books - April 24th, 2018

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed of The Leavers by Lisa Ko.


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