This fall, the Library’s Evening with an Author
series will continue to meet virtually, via Zoom. These events, which are free and open to the public, require advance sign up
. Evenings with an Author
programs begin at 19h30 (Central European Time). Please check eLibris or our programs calendar for updates and line-up.
Please join us for an interview and reading with Kirstin Chen, author of Bury What We Cannot Take.
The day nine-year-old San San and her twelve-year-old brother, Ah Liam, discover their grandmother taking a hammer to a framed portrait of Chairman Mao is the day that forever changes their lives. To prove his loyalty to the Party, Ah Liam reports his grandmother to the authorities. But his belief in doing the right thing sets in motion a terrible chain of events. Against the backdrop of early Maoist China, this captivating and emotional tale follows a brother, a sister, a father, and a mother as they grapple with their agonizing decision, its far-reaching consequences, and their hope for redemption.
Kirstin Chen is the award-winning, best-selling author of the novels Bury What We Cannot Take and Soy Sauce for Beginners. Born and raised in Singapore, she lives in San Francisco, where she is working on a novel about the counterfeit luxury handbag trade.