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Vancouver Writers Fest


October 16–22, 2023 Granville Island

Ada Zhang will be in Vancouver for the Vancouver Writers Fest to celebrate her debut collection, The Sorrows of Others, from A Public Space Books. Join her on Tuesday, October 17 at 8:30 pm P.T. for a panel on Inheriting Truth with Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Janika Oza, and katherena vermette. And on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:00 pm P.T. for the panel On Being Human (or not): Exceptional Short Stories with Corinna Chong, Christine Estima, and Anna Ling Kaye. 

For more information, and a complete festival schedule, visit the Vancouver Writers Fest website.

Ada Zhang

is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her short stories have appeared in A Public Space, McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She is currently the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. The Sorrows of Others is her first book.

The Sorrows of Others

In New York City, an art student finds an unexpected subject when she moves in with a grandmother from Xi’an, and boundaries are put into question. When a newlywed couple moves to Arizona, adapting to unfamiliar customs keeps their marriage from falling apart. A woman grapples with what it means to care for another, and the limits of that care, when her dying husband returns from Beijing years after abandoning her. And during a rainy summer in Texas, a visitor exposes the unspoken but unburiable history that binds two families together. Ada Zhang writes with startling honesty and love about lives young and old, in a stunning debut that explores what happens when we leave home and what happens when we stay, and the selves we meet and shed in the process of becoming.

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