At Skylight: Shze-Hui Tjoa presents THE STORY GAME w/ Charles Jensen, Dr. Cecilia Caballero, & Annlee Ellingson

At Skylight: Shze-Hui Tjoa presents THE STORY GAME w/ Charles Jensen, Dr. Cecilia Caballero, & Annlee Ellingson

Join us for a transcendent, profoundly imaginative memoir that explores the complexities of sisterhood, the cost of expectation, and the power of storytelling to shape—and ultimately repair—a life.

In the humid dark of a eucalyptus-scented room, a woman named Hui lies on a mattress telling stories about herself to her listener, a little girl. She talks about her identity as the child of an immigrant, her feelings about being in a mixed-race marriage, her opinions on mental health. But as her stories progress, it becomes clear a volatile secret lurks beneath their surface. There are events in Hui’s past that have great significance for the person she’s become, but that have gone missing from her memory. What is it, exactly, that is haunting Hui? Who is the little girl she talks to? And who is Hui herself?

As the conversation continues, what unfolds is a breathtaking, unexpected journey through layers of story toward truth and recovered identity; a memoir that reenacts, in tautly novelistic fashion, the process of healing that author Shze-Hui Tjoa moved through to recover memories lost to complex PTSD and, eventually, reconstruct her sense of self. Stunning in its originality and intimacy, The Story Game is a piercing tribute to selfhood and sisterhood, a genre-shattering testament to the power of imagination, and a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Shze-Hui Tjoa is the author of the debut memoir The Story Game (Tin House). She is a writer from Singapore who lives in the UK. She is a nonfiction editor at Sundog Lit, and previously served as fiction editor of Exposition Review. Her work has been published in journals including Colorado ReviewSoutheast Review, and So to Speak, and has been listed as notable in three successive issues of The Best American Essays series (2021-23). Her work has received support from the Tin House Summer Workshop, the Vermont Studio Center, the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, Disquiet International, and AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship Program.

Annlee Ellingson is co-Editor-in-Chief of Exposition Review. She is editor, digital cities, for American City Business Journals and writes a column about films directed by women. She’s a mentor and managing editor for WriteGirl, as well as treasurer of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. She holds a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California and a BA in film studies from the University of Minnesota. She tweets and instagrams about books, movies, hiking, food, travel, and nephews at @annleee.
Dr. Cecilia Caballero is a single mother, poet, writer, speaker, university lecturer, and co-editor of The Chicana Motherwork Anthology. Cecilia is currently a 2024-2023 Octavia Butler Earthseed Fellow. She is also a 2024 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow, a 2024 Anaphora Arts fellow, a 2023 Aspen Words Emerging Writer, and a 2023 California Arts Council recipient. As a teaching artist, her work has been supported by the Abolitionist Teaching Network. In her writing wellness workshops, she aims to create more communal spaces of storytelling, healing, and justice for BIPOC faculty, students, and community members. Cecilia has given numerous keynotes, talks, and workshops for various colleges, universities, and programs, including Pasadena City College, UC Berkeley, East Los Angeles College, the Puente Project, and more. Cecilia’s writing is forthcoming or appears in Strange Horizons, Witness Magazine, sin cesar (formerly Dryland), and elsewhere. She is currently writing a memoir about single mothering, generational poverty, and mental health.
Charles Jensen (he/him) wrote Splice of Life: A Memoir in 13 Film Genres, forthcoming in May 2024 from Santa Fe Writer’s Project. His most recent collection of poetry is Instructions between Takeoff and Landing. His previous books include two collections of poetry and seven chapbooks of cross-genre work. The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs designated him a 2019-2020 Cultural Trailblazer, and his work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Exposition Review, and Passages North. He hosts The Write Process, a podcast in which one writer tells the story of crafting one work from concept to completion. He lives in Long Beach and directs the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension.
Event date: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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ISBN: 9781959030751
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Published: Tin House Books - May 21st, 2024