Author Kaitlin Solimine in conversation with Val Wang

Thursday, July 27, 2017
7:00 pm
10 Langley Road Newton Centre Newton, MA 02459

Join Kaitlin Solimine, author of Empire of Glass: A Novel, and Val Wang, author of Beijing Bastard: Coming of Age in a Changing China at Newtonville Books!

Empire of GlassAbout Empire of Glass: A Novel: In the mid-1990s, an American teenager, named Lao K in Chinese, stands on Coal Hill, a park in Beijing, a loop of rope in her hand. Will she assist her Chinese homestay mother, Li-Ming, who is dying of cancer, in ending her life, or will she choose another path? Twenty years later, Lao K receives a book written by Li-Ming called “Empire of Glass,” a narrative that chronicles the lives of Li-Ming and her husband, Wang, in pre and post-revolutionary China over the last half of the twentieth century. Lao K begins translating the story, which becomes the novel we are reading. But, as a translator, how can Lao K separate fact from fiction, and what will her role be in the book’s final chapter?

Kaitlin Solimine has been a Fulbright Fellow in China, and has received several scholarships, awards, and residencies for her writing, including the 2012 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Program award for an earlier draft of Empire of Glass, judged by Colson Whitehead. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and daughter, where she is a 2016 SF Grotto Writing Fellow.

Val Wang is a writer and multimedia documentarian who has lived in Beijing, Baltimore, and Brooklyn. She now lives in Boston.

To learn more about Kaitlin Solimine visit her website

To learn more about Val Wang visit her website

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