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Evenings with an Author: Michelle Kuo in conversation with Catherine Olien

28 May 2019 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Photo by Jasmine Cowen

Michelle Kuo is a writer, lawyer, and professor. Reading with Patrick, her first book, was runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and short-listed for the Goddard Riverside Social Justice Prize. A story about human connection and its limits, Michelle’s memoir recounts her time teaching literacy to a student who was arrested on murder charges in rural Arkansas. As Pulitzer-Prize winning James Forman, Jr. and Arthur Evenchik write in The Atlantic, “Impassioned writing and hard-earned wisdom set the book apart … In all of the literature addressing education, race, poverty, and criminal justice, there has been nothing quite like Reading with Patrick.”

Michelle has been a legal aid lawyer for undocumented immigrants in Oakland, a clerk for a Ninth Circuit judge, and a teacher at San Quentin Prison. Currently, Michelle is a professor in the History, Law and Society program at the American University of Paris, where she works closely with students on issues of social justice.


Catherine Olien holds a Phd in Art History from Northwestern University and joined the American Library as Programs Coordinator in October 2018.


Reading with Patrick will be available for purchase after the event, courtesy of The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore.


28 May 2019
19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min
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