HA JIN at Seattle Public Central Library
Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. A night we are thrilled to be helping present, in having National Book Award- and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist and poet Ha Jin back in Seattle after much too long a time. The author of Waiting, War Trash, and several other novels, and story and poetry collections, he is here with one of the year’s most anticipated, timely novels, The Boat Rocker (Pantheon). “Since emigrating from his native China, Jin has earned considerable renown for his poetry, stories, and novels. But he’s never been known as a barrel of laughs. What makes his latest so refreshing is that it’s laugh-out-loud funny while being as illuminating as ever . . . The tensions extend well beyond the two antagonists, as relationships of male/female, fact/fiction, Chinese/American, freedom/fatalism, and ideals/realities are all thrown up for grabs, subverting conventional wisdom. The narrator ultimately realizes what an innocent he’s been, and the reader shares the epiphanies of this pilgrim’s progress.” —Kirkus Reviews. Free admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seattle Public Central Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information, please see www.spl.org or call 206.386.4636.