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Idra Novey: Those Who Knew
September 28, 2021 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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Idra Novey will be in conversation with Joseph O. Legaspi
Those Who Knew is a taut, timely novel about what a powerful politician thinks he can get away with and the group of misfits who finally bring him down. A riveting exploration of the cost of staying silent and the mixed rewards of speaking up in a profoundly divided country.
“Novey—a poet and translator as well as a novelist—is a skillful wordsmith with descriptions that are poetic yet never overwrought . . . Those Who Knew is not only an important book about silence and its consequences, but also a sheer pleasure to read.” —The Washington Post
Idra Novey is the author of Those Who Knew, a finalist for the 2019 Clark Fiction Prize, IndieNext Pick, and a Best Book of Year with over a dozen media outlets, including NPR, BBC, Esquire, and Kirkus Review. Her first novel Ways to Disappear received the 2018 Brooklyn Public Library Prize, the Sami Rohr Prize, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her second book of poetry, Exit, Civilian, was selected by Patricia Smith for the National Poetry Series. In 2021, her co-translation with Ahmad Nadalizadeh of Iranian poet Garous Abdolmalekian, Lean Against This Late Hour, was named a finalist for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She teaches fiction in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.
Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago, both from CavanKerry Press; and three chapbooks: Postcards, Aviary, Bestiary, and Subways. Recent works have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, World Literature Today, Best of the Net and the anthology Buzz Words (Everyman’s Library). He co-founded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.
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