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American Tales: Genevieve Hudson & C Pam Zhang

Fri, November 6 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST
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Genevieve Hudson and C Pam Zhang

 

A not-to-be-missed discussion featuring two of the most exciting debut novels of the year, immigrant stories of an adventure tale across the gold rush–era American West, and the trials of football and faith in a modern Alabama high school. These debut novels are wholly new coming-of-age tales which reinvent the cowboy story and the Southern Gothic.

C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold is set against the twilight of the American gold rush, when two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape—trying not just to survive but to find a home. Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and reimagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure story and an unforgettable sibling story, exploring race in an expanding country and where immigrants are allowed to belong, the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home.

In Genevieve Hudson’s bewitching debut novel, Boys of Alabama, a sensitive teen, newly arrived in Alabama, falls in love, questions his faith, and navigates a strange power. While his German parents don’t know what to make of a South pining for the past, shy Max thrives in the thick heat. Taken in by the football team, he learns how to catch a spiraling ball, how to point a gun, and how to hide his innermost secrets. Boys of Alabama becomes a nuanced portrait of masculinity, religion, immigration, and the adolescent pressures that require total conformity.


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Genevieve Hudson

Originally from Alabama, Genevieve Hudson earned an MFA from Portland State University and has received Fulbright, MacDowell, and Vermont Studio Center fellowships. She is the author of Pretend We Live Here: Stories, and lives in Portland, Oregon. Boys of Alabama is her debut novel.


Purchase Boys of Alabama from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners here.

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C Pam Zhang

Born in Beijing but mostly an artifact of the United States, C Pam Zhang has lived in thirteen cities across four countries and is still looking for home. She’s a national bestseller who’s been awarded support from Tin House, Bread Loaf, Aspen Words, and elsewhere, and is longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. How Much of These Hills is Gold is her debut novel. She currently lives in San Francisco.

Purchase How Much of These Hills Is Gold from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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T Kira Madden

T Kira Madden is an APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She is the founding editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. A 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature, she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Tin House, DISQUIET, Summer Literary Seminars, and Yaddo, where she was selected for the 2017 Linda Collins Endowed Residency Award. She lives in New York City and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

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