Avid Bookshop presents authors Allen Gee and Kerry Neville for their respective books My Chinese-America and Remember to Forget Me. This event will be hosted on Friday, January 19 at our Five Points location from 6:30 - 7:30pm and is free and open to the public. We encourage you to purchase a copy of the featured books at the event.
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
In My Chinese-America, a Chinese-American professor and writer reflects on the social and cultural ramifications of his ethnic identity.
Eloquently written essays about aspects of Asian-American life comprise this collection that looks at how Asian-Americans view themselves in light of America’s insensitivities, stereotypes, and expectations. My Chinese-America speaks on masculinity, identity, and topics ranging from Jeremy Lin and immigration to profiling and Asian silences. This essays have an intimacy that transcends cultural boundaries, and casts light on a vital part of American culture that surrounds and influences all of us.
With the publication of Remember to Forget Me comes the highly anticipated follow-up to Kerry Neville’s award-winning debut, Necessary Lies. In this new volume, Neville peers with a steady eye into the universal struggle to lead a life of purpose and dignity. In "Zorya," we are drawn into the world of a former Ukrainian sex worker whose determination to embark on a new path with the dream of supporting her son and aging mother ends up subjecting her to even greater affronts. "Indignity” takes us into the mind of a Polish widow who comes to the United States determined to start her life anew only to discover that her job as caregiver puts her into a painful collision with her past. In “Lionman,” we witness a circus freak whose unexpected chance to satisfy his hunger for human connection leads to a nearly inconceivable revelation. And in the title story, a devoted husband thinks he has survived life’s final assault by consenting to have his beloved wife institutionalized for dementia—only to find that it’s just the beginning of his heartbreak. With enormous compassion, Kerry Neville penetrates deep into the lives of people shattered as much by yearning as by loss. These are stories you won’t soon forget.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Allen Gee teaches Fiction, Prose Forms, Creative Nonfiction, and supervises GC’s Writers in the Schools Program at Early College. His essay collection, My Chinese-America, was chosen by Lee Gutkind for the SFWP Award Series and released in April, 2015. Gee is currently working on a novel, Paul & Julia, and is represented by Gail Hochman. His most recent stories have been in Ploughshares and Juked. Other work appears in The Portland Review,The Crab Orchard Review, Lumina, The Common, and Gulf Coast. Gee edits fiction for Arts & Letters and has received fellowships from Yaddo and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Kerry Neville received her PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, her BA from Colgate University, and was most recently an Assistant Professor of English at Allegheny College. She is the author of the forthcoming short fiction collection, Remember to Forget Me, and of the award-winning short fiction collection, Necessary Lies. She is also a regular blog contributor for The Huffington Post. She has twice received the Dallas Museum of Art Prize for Fiction, and has also been awarded The Texas Institute of Letters, Kay Cattarulla Prize for the Short Story, and the Short Story Book of the Year Prize from Independent Publisher Magazine.