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Typecasting: Emily Nemens & Charles Yu

Mon, November 16 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm PST
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Emily Nemens and Charles Yu

 

Go behind the curtain of two quintessentially American worlds—baseball and Hollywood—in these novels about ambition, disappointment, family, and the possibility of a new story.

In Emily Nemens‘ debut, The Cactus League, Jason Goodyear is the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Lions, stationed with the rest of his team in the punishingly hot Arizona desert for their annual spring training. Handsome, famous, and talented, Goodyear is nonetheless coming apart at the seams. And the coaches, writers, wives, girlfriends, petty criminals, and diehard fans following his every move are eager to find out why—as they hide secrets of their own.

In Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown, finalist for the 2020 National Book Award in Fiction, Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but always he is relegated to a prop. Yet every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy—the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. Or is it?


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Emily Nemens

Emily Nemens is the editor of The Paris Review. She was previously the co-editor of The Southern Review. Her work has been published in Esquiren+1The Gettysburg ReviewHobart and elsewhere, and she is the author of The Cactus League.

Purchase The Cactus League from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Charles Yu

Charles Yu is the author of three books, including the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (a New York Times Notable Book and a Time magazine best book of the year) and, most recently, Interior Chinatown. He received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications.

Purchase Interior Chinatown from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Jon Raymond

Jon Raymond is the author of three novels, Rain DragonThe Half-Life, and Freebird, and the short-story collection Livability. His work has appeared in Tin House, the Village Voice, Bookforum, and other places. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Purchase Freebird from Annie Bloom's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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