The Chosen and the Beautiful
Nghi Vo, R. F. Kuang
The Chosen and the Beautiful


In June, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop joins Books Are Magic to celebrate the launch of Nghi Vo‘s highly anticipated new novel, The Chosen and the Beautiful. This queer, speculative Great Gatsby retelling remixes and reinvents a classic, “subvert[ing] and expand[ing] the possibilities of an American story” (K-Ming Chang). Nghi will be joined in conversation by R. F. Kuang, an award-winning author of the Poppy War trilogy, and a translator and scholar.

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Nghi Vo is the author of the The Chosen and the Beautiful (her first novel) and the novellas The Empress of Salt and Fortune and When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain (Tordotcom, 2020). Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, PodCastle, Lightspeed, and Fireside. Her short story, “Neither Witch nor Fairy” was on the 2014 Otherwise (formerly Tiptree) Award Honor List. These days, she lives on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Rebecca F. Kuang is a Marshall Scholar, translator, and the Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Award nominated author of the Poppy War trilogy. She has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford; she is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale.


*This event will be live-streamed on Zoom. CART captions  and ASL interpretation will be available.

The Chosen and the Beautiful

Nghi Vo, R. F. Kuang
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
7:00 PM

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