Ocean Vuong presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures

Ocean Vuong, Ocean Vuong: he of the astonishing debut book of poems, Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press), and the novel that keeps going into readers’ hands, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (newly in paper, Penguin), makes his first Seattle appearance, albeit a virtual one, since his riveting evening with Jess Boyd for On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous which the Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay hosted when the novel was newly published, two years ago. Seattle Arts & Lectures does the honors this evening.

“Vuong as a writer is daring. He goes where the hurt is, creating a novel saturated with yearning and ache…He transforms the emotional, the visceral, the individual into the political in an unforgettable–indeed, gorgeous–novel, a book that seeks to affect its readers as profoundly as Little Dog is affected, not only by his lover but also by the person who brought him into the world.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, Time

“The novel is expansive and introspective, fragmented and dreamlike, a coming of age tale conveyed in images and anecdotes and explorations…Just as he fuels his prose with his poetry, Vuong takes what he needs from lived experience to animate his storytelling with visceral beauty and a strain of what feels like uncut truth…For the duration of this marvelous novel, Vuong holds our gaze and fills it with what he wills — the migration of butterflies, love in a tobacco barn, purple flowers gathered on a highway.” —Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times.

Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Elliott Bay Book Company is this evening’s bookseller.


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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525562047
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 7:30pm
Virtually Hosted by Seattle Arts & Lectures
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