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An Evening with Maxine Hong Kingston 
The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation Distinguished Speakers Series 

Book signing to follow. 

Admission is free. 


“We are in the presence of a splendid raconteur, who shares with us the myths and stories that emerge from the lode of a culture’s deepest realities.”—Chicago Tribune

Called an “Asian-American literary pioneer, whose writing has paved the way for many immigrants’ stories” (The New Yorker), groundbreaking novelist, poet, and memoirist Maxine Hong Kingston is the author of award-winning and influential autobiographies The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts and China Men, which blurred the lines between nonfiction and fiction. She is also the author of the novelTripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book and editor of the anthologyVeterans of War, Veterans of Peace, compiled from the work of participants in the therapeutic poetry workshops she has led for more than 500 veterans of war. 

As part of the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation Distinguished Speakers Series, Hong Kingston will read from her works and participate in a conversation with USC professor David Ulin and Q&A with the audience, followed by a book signing. 


Maxine Hong Kingston is the author of The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, and The Fifth Book of Peace, among other works. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award, and the Emerson-Thoreau Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton, and the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. She is a Living Treasure of Hawai’i, a professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, and lives in Oakland, California. 

David Ulin is Professor of the Practice of English at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, and editor of the journal Air/Light. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including the novel Thirteen Question Method, and Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and Ucross Foundation. For Library of America, he has edited Didion: The 1960s and 70s and Didion: The 1980s and 90s

Presented by the USC Department of English and USC Visions and Voices with support from the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation and our media partner, KCRW. Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the USC Center for Transpacific Studies.


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