Offsite: Meng Jin with Mimi Lok

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 7:00pm

Promo graphic on a burnt orange background. There are brushstroke illustration on the far left edge of the graphic, in lines of blue, lavender, red, beige, white and yellow. On the far left is the cover of Meng Jin's story collection, Self-Portrait with Ghost. The cover is lavender, with a human figure illustrated on the front, with a face obscured by many brushstrokes. To the right is an author photo Meng Jin. She is a Chinese-American woman with a bob if blond hair with dark bangs, she is looking at the camera wearing red lipstick and a black camisole. On the bottom right in a round frame is Mimi Lok's author photo. She is an Asian woman with short dark and blonde hair, wearing red lipstick and a black blouse. Text reads "Meng Jin, Self-Portrait with Ghost, Book Launch Celebration with Mimi Lok, Tuesday, July 5 at 7:30pm @ The Ruby, Reading, Signing, Dancing, Delicious Food, Lots of Love, presented by The Ruby and Green Apple Books"
Join us on Tuesday, July 5 at 7:30pm when Meng Jin celebrates the release of her new story collection, Self-Portrait with Ghost, with Mimi Lok at The Ruby!

Please note that RSVP is required for this event
See the link below to RSVP for entry only, or to preorder a copy of the book

About the Event
Join us on Tuesday, July 5 for the launch of Meng Jin's new story collection, Self-Portrait with Ghost! Meng will be in conversation with author Mimi Lok. Presented by The Ruby and Green Apple Books

Entry is free, but please RSVP here. Or purchase a ticket that includes entry and a signed copy of Self-Portrait with Ghost.

Masks Encouraged, Proof of Vaccination Required.

Doors 7:00pm

Reading, Conversation, Audience Q+A 7:30-8:30

After-party with finger food, libations, and dancing to follow!

Please see our FAQ below for further details.

About Self-Portrait with Ghost
From the acclaimed author of Little Gods, whose “gift merges science, politics and art: the kind of audacity our world needs now” (Gina Apostol), comes an immersive and electrifying story collection that explores self-construction, female resilience, and migrations both literal and transformative.

Meng Jin’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Little Gods, was praised as “spectacular and emotionally polyphonic" (Omar El-Akkad, BookPage), “powerful” (Washington Post), and “meticulously observed, daringly imagined” (Claire Messud). Now Jin turns her considerable talents to short fiction, in ten thematically linked stories.

Written during the turbulent years of the Trump administration and the first year of the pandemic, these stories explore intimacy and isolation, coming-of-age and coming to terms with the repercussions of past mistakes, fraying relationships and surprising moments of connection. Moving between San Francisco and China, and from unsparing realism to genre-bending delight, Self-Portrait with Ghost considers what it means to live in an age of heightened self-consciousness, seemingly endless access to knowledge, and little actual power.

Page-turning, thought-provoking, and wholly unique, Self-Portrait with Ghost further establishes Meng Jin as a writer who “reminds us that possible explanations in our universe are as varied as the beings who populate it” (Paris Review).

About Meng Jin
Meng Jin is the author of Little Gods. She was born in Shanghai and currently lives in San Francisco. She is a graduate of Harvard and Hunter College. A Kundiman Fellow, her narrative prose can also be found in Vogue, The Best American Short Stories 2020, Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses, and elsewhere. Her latest book is Self-Portrait with Ghost.

About Mimi Lok
Mimi Lok is the author of the story collection Last Of Her Name, published October 2019 by Kaya Press. She is the winner of the 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut short story collection, a California Book Award silver medal, and a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award. She is also a finalist for the 2020 National Magazine Award, Northern California Book Award, and CLMP Firecracker Award. Mimi is also the founding director and executive editor of Voice of Witness, an award-winning human rights & oral history nonprofit that amplifies marginalized voices through a book series and a national education program.


  • If your ticket includes a copy of the book, it will be available upon your arrival at the event. We will have additional copies available for purchase at the event.
  • Seating will be first come, first serve.
  • This event will not be livestreamed.
  • If for whatever reason you are unable to attend but would still like your copy of the book, books will be available for pick up at 1231 9th Ave after the event at no extra charge. If you would like your book shipped, additional charges will apply.
  • To attend the event, you must purchase a ticket through this Eventbrite page. Purchase of Self-Portrait with Ghost made through the bookstore website does not grant entry to the event. However, if you have already purchased a copy, please feel free to RSVP for our entry-only tickets.


  • The entrance to this event is at street-level with no stairs leading into or out of the venue.
  • There is only street parking available outside of the venue. Public transportation is encouraged.
  • When purchasing your ticket, you can select priority seating for those with mobility devices or those with disabilities that necessitate a seat.
  • When purchasing your ticket, you can select that you require ASL interpretation.

Please note that RSVP is required for this event
See the link below to RSVP for entry only, or to preorder a copy of the book

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