Virtual Event: Charles Yu

Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.
In conversation with Dr. Dennis Kratz
Recording available through February 10 
 
In partnership with the Center for Asian Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas and the annual Anlin Ku Lecture
 
Charles Yu’s novel Interior Chinatown won the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. Yu is the author of four books—including How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe—and a writer for the HBO series Westworld.  He received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America awards. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications.  

Infinitely inventive and deeply personal, Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet; it is written in the form of a television screenplay. Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but always he is relegated to a prop. Yet every day he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy—the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. Or is it?  After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis discovers the secret history of Chinatown and the buried legacy of his own family.  

This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Dennis Kratz, Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. 

“One of the funniest books of the year. . . . A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire.” —The Washington Post 

TICKET PRICES

Public: $40 (hardcover book + signed bookplate shipped to your home)

             $30 (paperback book + signed bookplate shipped to your home)

DMA Member/Educator/Student:

          $38 (hardcover book + signed bookplate shipped to your home)

          $28 (paperback book + signed bookplate shipped to your home)

Virtual ticket only: $10