9th Ave: Alexandra Chang with Shruti Swamy

Thursday, August 10, 2023 - 7:00pm

Cover of Alexandra Chang's Tomb Sweeping. The cover is made up of different squares with illustrations of various objects--a camera, an orchid, a shopping cart, cats, ma jong tiles--and the backgrounds of the squares are light blue, light pink, magenta, lavender, and yellow.
Join us on Thursday, August 10 at 7pm PT when Alexandra Chang joins us to celebrate her story collection, Tomb Sweeping, with Shruti Swamy at 9th Ave!

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Praise for Tomb Sweeping
“Alexandra Chang is a riveting and exciting presence in our literature. Her stories are honest, insightful, bold, and full of heart.” -George Saunders, author of Liberation Day

“Haunting and mesmerizing; it’s only after you finish reading Alexandra Chang's Tomb Sweeping that you realize there were so many gaps in you that her stories were destined to fill. A marvelous collection.”-Jason Mott, National Book Award–winning author of Hell of a Book

"Chang writes deftly about the wonder and volatility of becoming. In Tomb Sweeping, family (or lineage) is a matter of both predestiny and aberration." -Raven Leilani, author of Luster

About Tomb Sweeping
A playful and deeply affective short story collection about the histories, technologies, and generational divides that shape our relationships—from the award-winning writer of Days of Distraction.

Compelling and perceptive, Tomb Sweeping probes the loyalties we hold: to relatives, to strangers, and to ourselves. In stories set across the US and Asia, Alexandra Chang immerses us in the lives of immigrant families, grocery store employees, expecting parents, and guileless lab assistants.

A woman known only to her neighbors as “the Asian recycling lady” collects bottles from the streets she calls home. A young college grad ponders the void left from a broken friendship. An unfulfilled housewife in Shanghai finds a secret outlet for her ambitions in an undercover gambling den. Two strangers become something more through the bond of mistaken identity.

These characters, adeptly attuned to the mystery of living, invite us to consider whether it is possible for anyone to entirely do right by another. Tomb Sweeping brims with remarkable skill and talent in every story, keeping a definitive pulse on loss, community, and what it means to feel fully alive. With her debut story collection, Chang further establishes herself as “a writer to watch” (New York Times Book Review). 

About Alexandra Chang
Alexandra Chang is the author of Days of Distraction, which was named a best book of the year by NPR, TIME, and The Washington Post, among others. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and her writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, The New York TimesHarper’s BazaarGuernica, and more. She currently lives in Ventura County.

About Shruti Swamy
Shruti Swamy
is the author of the story collection A House Is a Body, and a novel, The Archer. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Elizabeth George Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Council, and Vassar College, and is a 2024 Rome Prize Fellow in Literature. Shruti’s work has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeny's, AFAR Magazine, and the New York Times, and twice won the O. Henry. Her introduction to Ursula K Le Guin’s masterpiece Always Coming Home appears in the novel's 2023 reissue. She is a Kundiman Fiction Fellow, and lives in San Francisco.

Tomb Sweeping: Stories By Alexandra Chang Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062951847
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Published: Ecco - August 8th, 2023

A playful and deeply affective short story collection about the histories, technologies, and generational divides that shape our relationships—from the award-winning writer of Days of Distraction


Days of Distraction: A Novel By Alexandra Chang Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062951793
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Published: Ecco - February 16th, 2021

“Startlingly original and deeply moving.... Chang here establishes herself as one of the most important of the new generation of American writers.”   — George Saunders


The Archer By Shruti Swamy Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643752549
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 9th, 2022

“[Swamy’s] prose is so assured . . .


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