• Beauty

    by Christina Chiu
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    by Pam Houston
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    Deep Creek
July 29, 2020

Christina Chiu and Pam Houston

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes award-winning authors CHRISTINA CHIU and PAM HOUSTON for a discussion of their books Beauty: A Novel and Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country.

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About Beauty: A Novel

Amy Wong is an up-and-coming designer in the New York fashion industry; she is young, beautiful, and has it all. But she finds herself at odds with rival designers in a world rife with chauvinism and prejudice. In her personal life, she struggles with marriage and motherhood, finding that her choices often fall short of her traditional family's expectations. Derailed again and again, Amy must confront her own limitations to succeed as the designer and person she wants to be.

About Deep Creek

On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston’s sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.

In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how “to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief . . . to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive.”

About Author(s)

Christina Chiu is the Grand Prize Winner of the James Alan McPherson/2040 Book Award for Beauty. She is also the author of Troublemaker and Other Saints. Her stories have appeared in Tin HouseThe New Guard Literary ReviewWashington Square, and elsewhere. Troublemaker won the Asian American Literary Award and was chosen for the Alternate Section of the Book-of-the-Month Club & QPB. Chiu is on the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellows Committee and the Boards for the New York Writers Workshop and the Pen Parentis Literary Salon. She curates and co-hosts the Pen Parentis Literary Salon and is a founding member of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She is also a shoe designer.

Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, which won the 2019 Reading The West Advocacy Award, as well as two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton. Her stories have been selected for volumes of The O. Henry AwardsThe Pushcart PrizeBest American Travel Writing, and Best American Short Stories of the Century among other anthologies. She has won numerous awards.