Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for the official launch of Te-Ping Chen’s extraordinary debut short story collection, Land of Big Numbers. Assured and immersive, the stories in Land of Big Numbers move confidently between the United States and China, shifting from realism to magical realism, and forming intimate portraits that draw from Chen’s years of working as a journalist in China. For this launch event, Chen will be joined in conversation by Charles Yu, author of the National Book Award-winning Interior Chinatown.
AAWW is collaborating with Tables of Contents to celebrate Te-Ping Chen’s book. Tables of Contents uses food as an entry point for gatherings and conversations around literature, art, music, and culture.
For this event, they worked with Chef Winston Chiu, who developed a recipe inspired by “Flying Machine,” a short story from Te-Ping’s collection. You can read the recipe for here, and follow @tables.of.contents on Instagram to watch Winston cook the recipe on Tuesday, February 2.
*This event will be live-streamed on Zoom, and CART captions will be available. The first 100 RSVPs will receive access to the Zoom link via email. The event will also be live streamed on the Asian American Writers’ Workshop YouTube page for the greater public.*
TE-PING CHEN’s fiction has been published in, or is forthcoming from, The New Yorker, Granta, Guernica, Tin House, and The Atlantic. A reporter with the Wall Street Journal, she was previously a correspondent for the paper in Beijing and Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Journal in 2012, she spent a year in China as a Fulbright fellow. She lives in Philadelphia.
CHARLES YU is the author of four books, including his latest novel, Interior Chinatown, which won the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. He has also written for shows on HBO, FX, AMC, and Adult Swim. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a number of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Wired, Time and Ploughshares. He lives in southern California with his family.
Te-Ping Chen and Charles Yu