On Friday, August 1, 2014, Asian American Writers Workshop (AAWW) is celebrating the publication of Ed Lin’s new novel Ghost Month by setting the scene for the start of ghost month (August), with the quintessential Taiwanese party: the night market, at the Taipei Cultural Center, 1 East 42nd Street, 7th Floor, in New York at 6:00 PM. Baos, rolls, and bubble teas abundant, not to mention books.
Publishers Weekly review:
“For a guy who scoffs at the ghosts revered by so many of his fellow Taiwanese, droll everyman Jing-nan, a night-market food stall manager, ironically finds himself spending much of his time chasing one as he investigates the murder of his childhood sweetheart, Julia Huang, in this darkly comic thriller from Lin. Baffled by what the ambitious valedictorian of his Taipei high-school class was doing as a skimpily clad ‘betel-nut beauty’ hawking betel nut to truckers on a remote highway, much less by who would want to kill her, Jing-nan keeps asking questions, despite risks to his own safety. As he starts to uncover Julia’s explosive secrets with the help of their spunky former schoolmate, Nancy, Jing-nan finally faces the need to let go of the past in order to build a future.”
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Watch a trailer for the book here:
Ed Lin is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards, for Waylaid, This Is a Bust and Snakes Can’t Run. Ghost Month is the product of extensive research and interviews with people of all walks in Taiwanese life, from expats to foreign-born returnees to members of organized crime. Publishers Weekly awarded Ghost Month a starred review, praising the “darkly comic thriller.” Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.
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