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Wheel in the Sky: Fate, Class, and Time

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Three novels that shrewdly question the illusion of choice, the dumb luck of birth, and the idea of fate, alongside class and wealth divides and depictions of age and time. Kim Fu’s The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore explores the way a childhood trauma ripples out in ways small and large in the lives of a group of girls. Aja Gabel’s The Ensemble follows four members of a string quartet in a riveting portrait of ambition, friendship, and the tenderness of youth. Lisa Halliday’s “scorchingly intelligent first novel” (New York Times), Asymmetry, introduces a young publishing assistant falling into a relationship with an older writer in NYC before shifting the story (seemingly) entirely to an airport holding room, where an Iraqi-American economist is being detained. Moderated by Parul Sehgal.

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Kim Fu

Kim Fu is the author of, most recently, the novel The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore. Her debut novel For Today I Am a Boy won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award as well as a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Fu's poetry collection How Festive the Ambulance received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, and includes a National Magazine Awards Silver Medal winner and a Best Canadian Poetry selection. Her writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Hazlitt, and the Times Literary Supplement. She lives in Seattle. Visit Kim online at kim-fu.com.
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Aja Gabel

Aja Gabel's writing has appeared in BOMB, The Kenyon ReviewGlimmer Train, and elsewhere. Her debut novel is The Ensemble. A former cellist, she earned her B.A. at Wesleyan University, her MFA at the University of Virginia and has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Aja has been the recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Literary Arts in Oregon, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where she was a fellow in fiction. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Visit her online at ajagabel.com
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Lisa Halliday

Lisa Halliday grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts and currently lives in Milan, Italy. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review and she is the recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award for Fiction. Asymmetry is her first novel.
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Parul Sehgal

Parul Sehgal is a columnist and senior editor at The New York Times Book Review. Her work has appeared in Slate, Bookforum, The New Yorker, the Atlantic, Tin House, and The Literary Review, among other publications, and she was awarded the Nona Balakian Award from the National Book Critics Circle for her criticism. She has been a featured speaker at TED and is currently teaching at Columbia University.
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