Online: Author Talk: Kevin Chen

Date and Time
Monday, October 24, 2022, 2 - 3 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.

Location

In-Person in Room 304 at SNFL and Online via Zoom
Event Details

This event is held both online via Zoom and in-person at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library in room 304 on the third floor. 

The program is sponsored by Taipei Cultural Center in NY and will be conducted in English. Mr. Kevin Chen will talk about his upcoming English-translated novel, Ghost Town.

If attending in-person, registration is suggested. If attending online, registration is required in order to receive the Zoom meeting information, which will be sent out via email roughly 24 hours in advance of the event.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact H. Chang : hungyunchang@nypl.org.

 

Kevin Chen began his artistic career as a cinema actor, starring in the Taiwanese and German films Ghosted, Kung Bao Huhn, and Global Player. Now based in Germany, he is a staff writer for Performing Arts Review magazine. He’s published several novels and short story collections, including Attitude, Flowers from Fingernails, Ghosts by Torchlight, the essay collection Rebellious Berlin, Three Ways to Get Rid of Allergies, and other titles.

Chen's upcoming English-translated novel, Ghost Town, takes place in  Yongjing, a small town in central Taiwan whose name means “Eternal Peace” but it is anything but peaceful. It is the birthplace of Chen Tien-Hong – youngest of seven siblings and result of parents who desperately wanted a son but instead got only daughters. He turns out to be gay, so had to run away. 

The story begins many years later, when Chen has just been released from prison for killing his boyfriend in Berlin. He is about to return to Yongjing, now a poor and desolate place. With his parents gone, sisters married (to wrong guys), mad, or dead, there is really nothing left for him here. So why is he coming back? What happened more than a decade ago that tore this happy family apart? More importantly, why did Chen kill his German boyfriend?

Told in a myriad of voices – both living and dead – and moving through time with deceptive ease, Ghost Town weaves a mesmerizing web of family secrets and countryside superstitions, the search for identity and clash of cultures.

Kevin Chen’s first novel in twelve years is a sumptuous read, an irresistible fusion of Gothic family saga, bildungsroman, and magical realist mystery.

Assistive Listening and ASL
Assistive listening devices available
ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing accessibility@nypl.org.