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Ha Jin on A Song Everlasting with Gish Jen

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Tuesday, 6:00 pm EDT July 27, 2021

Online via Zoom

National Book Award-winning author Ha Jin returns to the literary scene with his latest novel, A Song Everlasting, a story of hope in the face of hardship. When famous Chinese singer Yao Tin returns to China after a state-sponsored U.S. tour, he’s asked to release a self-criticism after attending an event sponsored by Taiwan secessionists. He impulsively decides to flee to the U.S. in protest of the threat to his artistic integrity. While his creative life flourishes there, the Chinese government places him on a blacklist, and he must choose between home and creative expression.

Prolific and widely-acclaimed, Ha Jin will join us to celebrate the July 27th launch of A Song Everlasting, his eighth novel, in conversation with novelist Gish Jen (The Resisters and Thank You, Mr. Nixon, forthcoming in January 2022).


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In Conversation

  • Ha Jin  Author Photo  Dorothy Greco - Zach Cihlar

    Ha Jin

    Ha Jin

    Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of eight nov­els, four story collections, four volumes of poetry, a biography of Li Bai, and a book of essays. He has received the National Book Award, two PEN/ Faulkner Awards, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. In 2014 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a professor in the creative writing program at Boston University.

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    Gish Jen

    Gish Jen

    Gish Jen is the author of four previous novels, a story collection, and two works of nonfiction, the latest of which was The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap. Her honors include the Lannan Literary Award for fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She teaches from time to time in China, and otherwise lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.