Gish Jen, author of The Love Wife and Typical American, and Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army, will present readings of their award-winning work, followed by a discussion moderated by Jess Walter.
Gish Jen is the author of numerous award-winning novels, including World and Town, Mona In the Promised Land, The Love Wife, and Typical American, as well as a collection of stories, Who's Irish? Invited by Harvard University to deliver the Massey lectures in American Civilization, her lectures were recently published in a book entitled Tiger Writing: Art, Culture and the Interdependent Self. She is the recipient of the Lannan Award in Fiction as well as a Strauss Living Award, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Tobias Wolff’s books include the memoirs This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army; the novels The Barracks Thief and Old School, and four collections of short stories, including In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, and, most recently, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. His work is translated widely and has received the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Malamud Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the Humanities at Stanford.