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Prairie Lights Virtual | Sarah Thankam Mathews in conversation with Sanjena Sathian

Thursday, August 25, 2022 7:00pm
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Please join us on zoom with Writers’ Workshop Graduates Sarah Thankam Mathews and Sanjena Sathian, who will talk about Mathews’ new novel, All This Could Be Different. Mathews will also do a reading from the book. Described by Lithub as a “bildungsroman, an immigrant story, a hero’s journey not to be missed,”  All This Could Be Different is also a warm, dazzling, and profound saga of queer love, friendship, work, and precarity in twenty-first century America. REGISTER HERE to attend this...

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Prairie Lights Virtual | Sarah Thankam Mathews in conversation with Sanjena Sathian

Thursday, August 25, 2022 7:00pm
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Please join us on zoom with Writers’ Workshop Graduates Sarah Thankam Mathews and Sanjena Sathian, who will talk about Mathews’ new novel, All This Could Be Different. Mathews will also do a reading from the book. Described by Lithub as a “bildungsroman, an immigrant story, a hero’s journey not to be missed,”  All This Could Be Different is also a warm, dazzling, and profound saga of queer love, friendship, work, and precarity in twenty-first century America. REGISTER HERE to attend this...
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Prairie Lights Virtual | Belinda Huijuan Tang in conversation with Sanjena Sathian

Thursday, September 8, 2022 7:00pm
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Please join us for a reading and conversation with Belinda Huijuan Tang in celebration of the release of her book A Map for the Missing. She will be joined in conversation by Sanjena Sathian. You can register for this virtual event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qEyuz2L1RNimWMhQAikH1w  Belinda Huijuan Tang is a 2021 graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. She holds a BA from Stanford...
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