Join us for a book reading and discussion of Ed Lin's debut YA novel David Tung Can't Have A Girlfriend Until He Gets Into An Ivy League College and Lilliam Rivera's new YA novel: Never Look Back. Both books are set in New York City and New Jersey -- specifically focused on Chinatown and The Bronx. David Tung Can't Have A Girlfriend Until He Gets Into An Ivy League College centers on David, an over-achieving New Jersey high school student who finds himself in a love triangle of sorts event though he isn't allowed to date. Never Look Back retells the myth of Eurydice and Orpheus, but set in the Bronx. These two authors will read from their books and talk about why they want to tell stories about growing up in New York and New Jersey.
Ed Lin, a journalist by training, is the author of several award-winning books, including: Waylaid, his literary debut; the Robert Chow crime series, set in 1970s Manhattan Chinatown (This Is a Bust, Snakes Can’t Run and One Red Bastard); and the Taipei Night Market crime series (Ghost Month, Incensed and 99 Ways to Die). Lin is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. He lives in New York with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung.
Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of the young adult novels Dealing in Dreams, The Education of Margot Sanchez, the middle grade novel Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit, and Never Look Back (September 2020) by Bloomsbury. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Elle, to name a few. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles.
This event is in collaboration with Lo'Mas Lit Book Club, a reading group, a book club, a discussion zone, quarantine-era hangout time for youth ages 13–25.