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One Book One Region Kick Off 2021
Join us for the 19th Annual One Book One Region virtual kickoff. The 2021 selection is Interior Chinatown: A Novel by Charles Yu.

2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"One of the funniest books of the year. . . . A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire." —The Washington Post

From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.

Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but always he is relegated to a prop. Yet every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy—the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. Or is it?

After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he’s ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family. Infinitely inventive and deeply personal, exploring the themes of pop culture, assimilation, and immigration—Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet.

"Fresh and beautiful. . . . Interior Chinatown represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition.” —The New York Times Book Review

Zoom meeting information will be emailed to registered attendees and our newsletter subscribers. The Library is taking security measures to make this the best experience possible. Please note that programming may be affected or cancelled due to COVID-19.

Jun 24, 2021 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ayako Takamori (she/her)
Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures @Connecticut College