“Memory Piece” Author Talk with Lisa Ko

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Program Description:

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, PBS Books is thrilled to have a bestselling author, Lisa Ko, join us to discuss her highly anticipated book Memory Piece. Lisa takes us on a road trip through time with Giselle (artist), Jackie (internet tech expert) & Ellen (activist), three lifelong friends whose lives as children growing up in the 80s shaped their prospects as adults at the turn of the millennia. We discuss the stories, people, and cultural events spanning the past four decades that inspired this story, and the outlook based on current events that shaped the book’s dystopian landscape four decades in the future. This visionary book will have you remembering and reflecting on the past, give you a glimpse of life not driven by technology, and leave you questioning what the future looks like. Join us to get special insights into this provocative book. 

Memory Piece


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Guest Biography:

Lisa Ko, Author

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LISA KO is the author of the nationally bestselling novel The Leavers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Ko’s short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and her essays and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times and The Believer.

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