Virtual Event: Breakfast Gathering with Gish Jen


Thank You, Mr. Nixon:


February 9, 2022
8:00 AM ET


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Harvard Book Store and LORI LANDER—artist, community organizer, and civic engagement leader—welcome award-winning author GISH JEN for a morning discussion of her latest story collection, Thank You, Mr. Nixon

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About Thank You, Mr. Nixon

Beginning with a cheery letter penned by a Chinese girl in heaven to “poor Mr. Nixon” in hell, Gish Jen embarks on a fictional journey through U.S.-China relations, capturing the excitement of a world on the brink of tectonic change.

Opal Chen reunites with her Chinese sisters after forty years; newly cosmopolitan Lulu Koo wonders why Americans “like to walk around in the woods with the mosquitoes”; Hong Kong parents go to extreme lengths to reestablish contact with their “number-one daughter” in New York; and Betty Koo, brought up on “no politics, just make money,” finds she must reassess her mother’s philosophy.

With their profound compassion and equally profound humor, these eleven linked stories trace the intimate ways in which humans make and are made by history, capturing an extraordinary era in an extraordinary way. Delightful, provocative, and powerful, Thank You, Mr. Nixon furnishes yet more proof of Gish Jen’s eminent place among American storytellers.

Praise for Thank You, Mr. Nixon

“Witty, engaging and profound, the stories in Gish Jen's new collection beautifully illuminate the evolution of American-Chinese relationships over the past fifty years. An indispensable contemporary voice.” —Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl

“Be prepared to be awed and enthralled by one of our best writers! Fiercely funny and unrelentingly honest, Gish Jen’s new collection places a finger on the pulse of many lives caught between the indifferent movement of history and the profound desires of individuals.” —Yiyun Li, author of Where Reasons End

“An absolute delight. Jen’s luminous, deeply moving stories are filled with insight and humor, heartbreak and love. Her elegant prose creates characters who not only endear themselves to us but also illuminate our common humanity. Gorgeous.” —Jean Kwok, author of Girl in Translation

Gish Jen
Gish Jen

Gish Jen

Gish Jen is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute and the Guggenheim Foundation as well as of a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction and of a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her short work has appeared in the New Yorker and other magazines, and has been included in The Best American Short Stories four times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century. She delivered the William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in American Studies at Harvard University, where she is currently a visiting professor.

Photo Credit: Basso Cannarsa

Lori Lander
Lori Lander

Lori Lander

Lori Lander is an artist, community organizer and civic engagement leader. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Lori has hosted weekly ZOOM breakfast gatherings of 60-100+ people (mainly but not only women) to discuss racial and social justice issues. Prior to the pandemic, Lori has hosted these breakfast gatherings monthly in person since 2010. Lori co-founded and co-directs Many Helping Hands 365, a civic engagement non-profit, that organizes the annual Cambridge Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Learning, organizes an annual faith, community and public health driven gun buyback program, and created and maintains a volunteering website and handbook for the Cambridge community.

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