This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset.
Join us on Wednesday, March 6 at 7pm PT for the release of Amy Lin's memoir, Here After, with Hieu Minh Nguyen and Esmé Weijun Wang at 9th Ave
Masks Encouraged for In-Person Attendance
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Praise for Here After
“How gorgeously Here After tackles the twin specters of grief and survival; a steely, symphonic memoir of unexpected loss—and what (necessarily, unbearably) comes next.”—Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House
“Amy Lin knows her way around grief and its constant present tense. Grief is always with us; here are words to go with it, a writer who will accompany you on its long walk. This book made room for my tears and it will make room for yours if you let it.”—Matthew Salesses, author of Craft in the Real World
“It has been years since I have been so rocked, so moved, by any book, as I have been by Here After by the earthquaking new talent Amy Lin. Lin invites us into this place of exquisite pain and beauty; what a great gift she has given us.”–Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies
About Here After
Here After is a poetic, raw depiction of an unlikely love followed by a dizzying loss. A stunning, taut memoir from debut Canadian author Amy Lin that will resonate deeply with anyone who has been in grief's grasp.
"When he dies, I fall out of time."
Amy Lin never expected to find a love like the one she shares with her husband, Kurtis, a gifted young architect who pulls her toward joy, adventure, and greater self-acceptance. On a sweltering August morning, only a few months shy of the newlyweds' move to Vancouver, thirty-two-year-old Kurtis heads out to run a half-marathon with Amy's family. It's the last time she sees her husband alive.
What follows is a rich and unflinchingly honest portrayal of her life with Kurtis, the vortex created by his death, and the ongoing struggle Amy faces as she attempts to understand her own experience in the context of commonly held "truths" about what the grieving process looks like.
About Amy Lin
Amy Lin is a writer and educator who lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her work has been published in Ploughshares and she has been awarded residencies from Yaddo and Casa Comala. Here After is her first book. Amy Lin is a writer and educator who lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her work has been published in Ploughshares and she has been awarded residencies from Yaddo and Casa Comala. Here After is her first book.
About Hieu Minh Nguyen
Hieu Minh Nguyen is the author of two collections of poetry,This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014) and Not Here (Coffee House Press, 2018). Originally from the Twin Cities, Hieu now lives in the Bay Area where he is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.
About Esmé Weijun Wang
Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of the New York Times-bestselling essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias and the novel The Border of Paradise, which was one of NPR's Best Books of 2016. She won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize (2016), was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in their decennial list (2017), received a 2018 Whiting Award, and was anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2018. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, Esmé lives in San Francisco. She is the founder of The Unexpected Shape Writing Academy for ambitious writers living with limitations, and can be found at esmewang.com
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