Award-Winning Author Presents Reading

Lisa Ko, an award-winning author and current Ucross resident, will read from her acclaimed novel, “The Leavers,” in a program next week at Sheridan College.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Whitney Academic Center W153. The event is co-hosted by Sheridan College and Ucross and is open free to the public as part of the statewide “Explore Hemingway” series.

Among other honors, “The Leavers” was a 2017 National Book Award for Fiction finalist and won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. The book was also a finalist for the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2017 Barnes and Noble DiscoverGreat New Writers Award.

“The Leavers” has been described as a vivid and moving portrayal of borders and belongings, tracing the story of how a boy, the son of an undocumented Chinese immigrant, comes into his own when everything he loves has been taken away.

The literary evening with Ko will be moderated by Sarah Sinclair, an English instructor at Sheridan College.

Ucross has partnered with the PEN/Hemingway Award since 1995, and invites the award winner, two runners-up and two honorable mentions for one-month residencies at Ucross.

Ko was born in New York, the first of her family to be born in the United States, and raised in New Jersey. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

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