Idra Novey, "Those Who Knew" Launch!
November 8, 2018, 6:00 PM
Join us on Thursday, November 8 at A Public Space to celebrate Idra Novey, award-winning author of Ways to Disappear, and her new novel, Those Who Knew, a prescient book about power imbalances and the risks of speaking up in a profoundly divided country.
On an unnamed island country ten years after the collapse of a U.S.-supported regime, Lena suspects the powerful senator she was involved with back in her student activist days is taking advantage of a young woman who’s been introducing him at rallies. When the young woman ends up dead, Lena revisits her own fraught history with the senator and the violent incident that ended their relationship.
Why didn’t Lena speak up then, and will her family’s support of the former regime still impact her credibility? What if her hunch about this young woman’s death is wrong?
What follows is a riveting exploration of the cost of staying silent and the mixed rewards of speaking up in a profoundly divided country. Those Who Knew confirms Novey’s place as an essential new voice in American fiction.
Novey will be joined at this event by authors Monique Truong, Michael Seidlinger, Alex Mar, and Cathy Park Hong reading/performing from the short stage productions that appear in the novel.
Idra Novey is the author of the novels Those Who Knew, an Indie Next Pick, and Ways to Disappear, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize, the Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and she’s written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Paris Review. Her translations include four works from Spanish and Portuguese, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. She teaches fiction at Princeton University.
Cathy Park Hong's latest poetry collection, Engine Empire, was published in 2012 by W.W. Norton. Her other collections include Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo'um. Hong is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and a professor at Rutgers-Newark University. Her book of creative nonfiction, Stand Up, will be published by One World/Random House in Spring 2020.
Monique Truong is the Vietnamese American author of the bestselling, award-winning novels, The Book of Salt and Bitter in the Mouth. A Guggenheim Fellow, U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellow in Tokyo, and Princeton University’s Hodder Fellow, Truong was most recently the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College in the Fall of 2016. Her third novel, The Sweetest Fruits, will be published by Viking Books.
Michael J Seidlinger is a Filipino American author of a number of books including Dreams of Being, My Pet Serial Killer, and The Fun We’ve Had. He serves as Library and Academic Marketing Manager at Melville House, Editor-at-Large for Electric Literature, and is a member of The Accomplices.
Alex Mar's first book, Witches of America was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 in non-fiction. She was nominated for a 2018 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, and her essays were included in both Longreads’ and BuzzFeed’s “Best of 2016” year-end lists. Formerly an editor at Rolling Stone, she has been a guest correspondent for CBS, ABC, National Public Radio, and the BBC, as well as a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. She is also the director of the feature-length documentary American Mystic, now streaming on Amazon. She is currently at work on her second non-fiction book, for Penguin Press.