I Love Dick, Chris Kraus’s auto-fiction about the obsessions of a writer named Chris Kraus, has influenced a generation of writers to experiment with blurring fact and fiction as a way to claim radical subjectivity. The book has now been adapted into an Amazon Prime series produced by Jill Soloway (Transparent). In a conversation about how genre-crossing writing makes visible issues of feminism, race, queerness, and culture, Kraus will talk with other writers who have experimented with hybrid forms: Tisa Bryant (Unexplained Presence), whose hybridized writings explore the presumed absence of Black bodies in film and literature; Anelise Chen (So Many Olympic Exertions), whose dissections of sports and personal history interrogate ideas about success; and Q.M. Zhang (Accomplice to Memory), whose hybrid memoir utilizes tools of fiction and non-fiction to uncover her father’s secret past.
A live recording of our educational podcast The How The Why with Anelise Chen and Q.M. Zhang.
The How The Why is a half-hour podcast documenting the creative process and the creative purpose hosted by Jon-Barrett Ingels. This free weekly series is an educational resource provided to discuss the evolution of literary arts with industry innovators. Interviews are structured as friendly conversations and conducted via telephone. Occasionally, episodes will be recorded live at special events and highlight multiple guests. Also available on iTunes and Stitcher.
Smokin’ Hot Indie Lit Lounge Pre-Reading & Party
2006 E Cesar Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Come party with us as we gear up for the LA Times Festival of Books, where Kaya and the USC PhD in Creative Writing and Literature will be hosting the Smokin’ Hot Indie Lit Lounge! The Festival starts on Saturday, so make sure to join us at Other Books on FRIDAY for a series of readings to pump you up for a weekend of literary fun. There’ll be food and drinks–don’t miss it!
Migrant Father Fragment
If you grew up in an immigrant family, you may have felt that you could only know your family’s past through fragments and glimpses. Q. M. Zhang reads from her new Dictee-like novel about her father’s mysterious migration from China. She'll be joined by Guggenheim Fellow lê thị diễm thúy, author of the refugee classic, The Gangster We Are All Looking For. They talk with The New Yorker’s Hua Hsu.
Fracturing Memory, Crossing Borders: Transnational Memoir Writers Discuss Hybrid Necessities
For transnational writers who spend their lives constantly negotiating borders—geographic and personal—hybridity no longer becomes a choice. This panel features diverse writers whose experimental memoirs include nonlinearity, multiple genres, photographs, and other multimedia. We will discuss how these hybrid strategies succeed or fail when trying to reconstruct family histories or address personal trauma, and how this can be especially challenging when moving between nations and identities.