This fall, the Institute for Liberal Arts has introduced the very first writer-in-residence at Boston College in what will hopefully develop into a tradition. Gish Jen, a noted novelist and writer, is the inaugural writer-in-residence and will be celebrated in 3 consecutive free events this week. Her newest celebrated achievement is her novel, World and Town, that will also be talked about this week. All of these events are sponsored by the Institute for Liberal Arts, the Lowell Humanities Series, Fiction Days, and Asian American Studies.
Her first is event is taking place on Tuesday, November 9th. Part of the Lowell Humanities Lecture Series, Gish Jen will read from World and Town, follow with a Q&A session, and end the first event with a book signing. This event will take place in the Murray Function Room of the Yawkey Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, students and professors can indulge in the rare opportunity of joining a book club with the author herself present. From 4-5:30 p.m. in McGuinn 121, Jen and English professor Elizabeth Graver will conduct a free-flowing discussion of World and Town.
Thursday, November 11th from 4:45-6:00 p.m. in Devlin Hall 008, Professor Min Song and Gish Jen will engage in a dialogue on Asian American Studies followed by a Q&A. Min Hyoung Song is an associate professor of English at Boston College.
The NY Times review of World and Town is available online.