9th Ave: Lisa Ko with Esmé Weijun Wang

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset.

Cover of Lisa Ko's novel Memory Piece. The cover is gray with a swatch of magenta paint in the shape of a flame at the bottom of the book with a black illustration of someone on a bicycle riding through it.
Join us on Wednesday, March 20 at 7pm PT when Lisa Ko joins us for the release of her novel, Memory Piece, with Esmé Weijun Wang at 9th Ave!

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Praise for Memory Piece
"A moving, strikingly evocative exploration of New York's art, tech, and activism scenes across the decades."Vogue, "Best Books of 2024"

“Evocative and luminous. Ko once again introduces us to people we want to know deeply, then as always, delivers that and beyond. A glorious writer.”—Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winning author of Red at the Bone

“Remarkable . . . vividly captures the urgency of youth, and becomes a heartbreaking elegy for a communal, almost utopian approach to urban life.” –Rumaan Alam, National Book Award finalist for Leave the World Behind

About Memory Piece
The award-winning author of The Leavers offers a visionary novel of friendship, art, and ambition that asks: What is the value of a meaningful life?

In the early 1980s, Giselle Chin, Jackie Ong, and Ellen Ng are three teenagers drawn together by their shared sense of alienation and desire for something different. “Allied in the weirdest parts of themselves,” they envision each other as artistic collaborators and embark on a future defined by freedom and creativity.

By the time they are adults, their dreams are murkier. As a performance artist, Giselle must navigate an elite social world she never conceived of. As a coder thrilled by the internet’s early egalitarian promise, Jackie must contend with its more sinister shift toward monetization and surveillance. And as a community activist, Ellen confronts the increasing gentrification and policing overwhelming her New York City neighborhood. Over time their friendship matures and changes, their definitions of success become complicated, and their sense of what matters evolves. 

Moving from the predigital 1980s to the art and tech subcultures of the 1990s to a strikingly imagined portrait of the 2040s, Memory Piece is an innovative and audacious story of three lifelong friends as they strive to build satisfying lives in a world that turns out to be radically different from the one they were promised.

About Lisa Ko
Lisa Ko is the author of the nationally bestselling novel The Leavers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Ko’s short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and her essays and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times and The Believer.

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. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, Esmé 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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Memory Piece: A Novel By Lisa Ko Cover Image
By Lisa Ko
ISBN: 9780593542101
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 19th, 2024


"A moving, strikingly evocative exploration of New York's art, tech, and activism scenes across the decades."Vogue

The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel By Lisa Ko Cover Image
By Lisa Ko
ISBN: 9781616208042
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 24th, 2018


Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Bustle, and Electric Literature

“There was a time I would have called Lisa Ko’s novel beautifully written, ambitious, and moving, and all of that is true, but it’s more tha

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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays By Esmé Weijun Wang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award

The Border of Paradise By Esmé Weijun Wang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939419699
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Published: Unnamed Press - April 12th, 2016

A remarkable multigenerational novel, The Border of Paradise transports readers into the world of an iconoclastic midcentury family.

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