[VIRTUAL] PEN Out Loud x Asian American Writers’ Workshop: Kazuo Ishiguro with Jia Tolentino

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Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro joins PEN Out Loud and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to commemorate Klara and the Sun, his first novel since being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. A gripping, genre-bending story featuring Ishiguro’s characteristic restraint, the novel examines Klara, “an artificial friend with outstanding observational qualities” who yearns to be the perfect companion for her future owner. Following a reading by Bryan Washington, Ishiguro will be joined in conversation with essayist and The New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino to discuss the narrative’s themes of service, sacrifice, and what it means to love.

This digital event will start at 6pm ET / 3pm PT.

Presented in collaboration with Strand Book Store, Scripps Presents, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

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ASL interpretive services are provided by ProBono ASL.

Kazuo Ishiguro headshotKazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His eight previous works of fiction have earned him many honors around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into over 50 languages, and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both made into acclaimed films, have each sold more than two million copies. He was given a knighthood in 2018 for services to literature. He also holds the decorations of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan.

Jia Tolentino headshotJia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the essay collection Trick Mirror.

Bryan Washington headshotBryan Washington is a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree and winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize, The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His first book, the story collection Lot, was a finalist for the NBCC’s John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. His second book, Memorial, is currently a finalist for the NBCC’s Fiction prize, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and appeared on best-of-the-year lists from TIME, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, and many more. He has written for The New YorkerThe New York TimesThe New York Times Magazine, and the BBC. He lives in Houston.

About Strand Book Store

Located on 12th and Broadway in New York City, the Strand Book Store is a family-owned, iconic literary destination with more than 90 years of history and 18 miles of books to prove it. Its events feature some of today’s most interesting and provocative authors. Its unparalleled inventory of 2.5 million new, used, and rare books and locally designed totes, gifts, and apparel makes it easy and exciting to get lost in the stacks.

About Scripps Presents

Scripps Presents is an electrifying mix of storytellers and artists, policymakers and musicians—and everything in between. Based at Scripps College, Scripps Presents provides a forum the Claremont Colleges and audiences across Southern California to engage with eye-opening, mind-bending, genre-defying tête-à-têtes with the thinkers and doers, writers and performers, whose passions and perspectives are changing the way we see the world.

About the Asian American Writers’ Workshop

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) is a national literary nonprofit dedicated to publishing and incubating work by Asian and Asian diasporic writers, poets, and artists. Since our founding in 1991, we have provided a countercultural literary arts space at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice.


This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

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The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Austin Public Library Foundation, Magic City Poetry Festival, Miami Book Fair, and Magic City Books are regional partners of PEN Out Loud’s Winter 2021 season.

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