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Atticus Lish in Conversation with Paul Constant

April 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Note: This event occurs at the University Bookstore, 4326 University Way Northeast

A tender yet brutal love story about an illegal Chinese immigrant and Iraqi War veteran trying to survive in New York City, Atticus Lish‘s debut novel, Preparation for the Next Life, has captured audiences and critics alike with its painfully honest look at life in the margins of America. Avoiding sentimentality, Lish violently dismantles the American dream right before our eyes. The only things that pierce the gloom are the fragile humanity embodied in his main characters and mundane moments of fleeting beauty that make you want to fight for something better. Joining us for this special reading and signing, Lish will discuss his powerful and timely new book in conversation with longtime Seattle literary critic and reporter, Paul Constant.

For the chance to meet and mingle with the author, join us early for a free wine and cheese reception with Lish prior to the reading.

Presented by University Book Store in partnership with Hugo House and the Women’s National Book Association.

Atticus Lish is the author of two books, Preparation for the Next Life, a novel about a Chinese Muslim who immigrates illegally to the United States and the Iraq War veteran with whom she becomes involved; and Life is with People, a series of drawings with captions. He’s at work on a second novel, which will have a criminal theme. He makes his living as a Chinese-English translator (of technical, not literary, subject matter). In the past, he worked in a Styrofoam factory and as a construction laborer, personal trainer, moving man, security guard, fast-food counter person, and telemarketer–in short, in every entry-level job in the Help Wanted section, except taxi driver. He served a brief stretch in the Marine Corps in the war-free period between Gulf One and 9/11. Both his military experience, negligible as it was, and his study of Chinese have informed his writing. During a year-long stint teaching English in Hubei, he and his wife traveled to the Central Asian cities of Kashgar and Yili, whose surrounding deserts and vineyards had what can only be described as a spiritual impact on him and directly inspired the writing of his novel. His greatest ambition is to write books that he (and his wife) would want to read.