The LA Times Festival of Books Presents: Fiction Makes the World Go Round: a panel with Chang-rae Lee, Meng Jin, Imbolo Mbue, and Sanjena Sathian, moderated by Boris Kachka
To attend this virtual panel, part of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, register here.
Books for the panel may be purchased below. Orders for Chang-rae Lee's My Year Abroad, Meng Jin's Little Gods, and Sanjena Sathian's Gold Diggers will come with signed bookplates, while supplies last. Orders for Imbolo Mbue's How Beautiful We Were will be signed copies (tip-ins), while supplies last.
These storytellers will transport you to China, Africa, India and through America, too. Join us for the conversation that traverses the globe while exploring the immigrant experience, environmental degradation, cultural emersion, globalism and achieving the American Dream. Moderated by L.A. Times books editor Boris Kachka.
Chang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction, as well as On Such a Full Sea, A Gesture Life, Aloft, and The Surrendered, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His newest novel is My Year Abroad. Chang-rae Lee teaches writing at Stanford University.
Meng Jin was born in Shanghai and lives in San Francisco. A Kundiman Fellow, she is a graduate of Harvard and Hunter College. Little Gods is her debut novel and is a finalist for the L.A. Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.
Imbolo Mbue is the author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Blue Metropolis Words to Change Prize and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection and a notable book of the year by The New York Times and The Washington Post . The novel has been translated into eleven languages, adapted into an opera and a stage play, and optioned for a movie. Her just-released new novel is How Beautiful We Were. A native of Limbe, Cameroon, and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, Mbue lives in New York City.
A Paul and Daisy Soros fellow, Sanjena Sathian is a 2019 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has worked as a reporter in Mumbai and San Francisco, with nonfiction bylines for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Food & Wine, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. And her award-winning short fiction has been published in Boulevard, Joyland, Salt Hill, and The Master's Review. Gold Diggers is her first novel.
Boris Kachka is the books editor for the L.A. Times. Prior to the Times, he was books editor at New York magazine. During his time there, he was an early stalwart of the magazine’s inventive “Culture” section; reported features on authors including Joan Didion, Toni Morrison, and Harper Lee; and investigated turmoil at various cultural and media institutions, including the New York Times, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and WNYC. Kachka is also the author of several books, including Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Becoming a Veterinarian.