For tonight’s program, the Black Mountain Institute presents breakout fiction writer Lisa Ko. She reads excerpts from her book
The Leavers, the story of a mother who vanishes and leaves an 11-year-old boy to build a life in the US with an adopted family. The book has won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction, a prize awarded to a novel that addresses issues of social justice.
Tonight’s lecture will feature a reading by breakout poet Chen Chen as part of The Black Mountain Institute’s emerging writers series. Chen Chen will be reading original poetry from his book When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities. His poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry anthology and The Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology.
In October, Amanda Fortini documented the Route 91 shooting for the The New Yorker magazine News Desk. Featuring interviews with survivors. Tonight, Fortini will give a brief reading of her articles followed by a conversation about how she conducted the interviews, as well as her writing method and influences.
Professor of English at Arizona State University, Devoney Looser, gives a lecture on how Jane Austen, a moderetly successful English novelist in her own lifetime, became an international literary icon including some unsung innovators who turned Austen into a household name.
UNLV graduate students share their student word and research at the Fifth Annual opening reception for the 2018 Graduate & Professional Student Research Forum. Graduate students from various departments deliver presentations pertaining to work and research in areas such as robotics in the hospitality industry, population shifts from coastal cities to neighboring cities due to climate change, the future of eco-friendly burials and more.