Mimi Lok with Joyce Chen
San Francisco-based Chinese writer Mimi Lok, whose work in the Bay Area has included serving as co-founder, Executive Director, and editor of the award-winning Voice of Witness, is here with a brilliant first book of stories, Last of Her Name (Kaya).
“A mesmerizing and deeply felt debut that affirms all that is great about short fiction. ‘The Woman In the Closet’ has to be considered a new classic. Lok’s collection brings startling intimacy to her characters, all of them struggling with dislocation and belonging within the Chinese diaspora. I can’t think of a collection that better speaks to this moment of global movement and collective rupture from homes and history, and the struggle to find meaning despite it all.” - Dave Eggers.
“Assured and keenly observed stories about the devastations—large and small—that transpire between people. Rendered in prose that’s no-nonsense, darkly funny, and lovely all at once, Lok’s stories carry quiet but undeniable impact. This is a book that stays with you long after you’ve put it down. It makes you wonder, as good books should, what on earth is going on in each of our brains.” - Rachel Khong.
Mimi Lok will be joined onstage this evening in conversation with Joyce Chen, herself a writer and co-founder of The Seventh Wave.