Author Talks: Get Lit May Book Club: Lisa Ko with musical guest Audrey Kang of Lightning Bug

Date and Time
Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 6 - 7 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.
Tickets available for In-Person and Livestream
Event Details

Join WNYC's special guest hosts Jordan Lauf and Simon Close as they speak with Lisa Ko in a live conversation about her newest book, Memory Piece. The conversation will be followed by a special musical performance from Audrey Kang of Lightning Bug.

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Memory Piece by Lisa Ko

The New York Public Library and WNYC—two indispensable New York institutions—are partnering to host a book club that brings New Yorkers together and fosters community.

The May title is Lisa Ko's Memory Piece - an innovative and audacious story of three lifelong friends as they strive to build satisfying lives in a world that turns out to be radically different from the one they were promised.

In the early 1980s, three teenagers are drawn together by their shared sense of alienation and desire for something different. They envision each other as artistic collaborators and embark on a future defined by freedom and creativity. By the time they are adults, their dreams are murkier. Over time their friendship matures and changes, their definitions of success become complicated, and their sense of what matters evolves.

Throughout the month, All of It special guest hosts and the Library will accompany readers, providing touchpoints on-air and on social media at @allofitwnyc and @nypl. Borrow the book (and more than 300,000 others) for free through the Library’s e-reader app SimplyE, available for iOS and Android devices.

Join special guest hosts Jordan Lauf and Simon Close along with author Lisa Ko and readers everywhere for a live conversation, in-person or online, on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 PM. The conversation will be followed by a special musical performance from Audrey Kang of Lightning Bug who will be speaking with Get Lit producer Simon Close.

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To see all of our previous WNYC Get Lit titles check out our book club page here!

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ACCESSIBILITY NOTES   

In-Person

  • Assistive listening devices and/or hearing loops are available at the venue.
  • You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email accessibility@nypl.org or use this Gmail template.
  • This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs. A visual navigation guide is available here.

Livestream

  • Captions and a transcript will be provided.
  • You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email accessibility@nypl.org or use this Gmail template.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR   

Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, which was a 2017 National Book Award for Fiction finalist, won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award. The Leavers was a national bestseller and was named a best book of the year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, the Los Angeles Times, and others. Ko’s short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and her essays and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times, The Believer, and elsewhere.

ABOUT THE PERFORMER

A lightning bug glows with the aid of a chemical called luciferin, derived from Latin for “light-bringer”. Lightning Bug began as three friends who made music together to bring each other light. The music we make continues to hold that purpose at its heart. The music of Lightning Bug is an attempt to record the deepest experiences in the self and connect them outward.

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Assistive Listening and ASL
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.