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The Center for Fiction Presents Gina Chung on Green Frog with Melissa Rivero

Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT March 12, 2024

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

We are thrilled to welcome back two alumni of The Center for Fiction / Susan Kamil Emerging Writer FellowshipGina Chung and Melissa Rivero—to celebrate their remarkable new publications. Chung’s collection, Green Frog, explores Korean American womanhood, bodies, animals, and transformation as a means of survival. The stories are equal parts fantastical and true to life, featuring talking dolls, fox demons, and the complexity of parent-child relationships. Rivero’s Flores and Miss Paula is a wry, tender novel about a Peruvian immigrant mother and a millennial daughter who have one final chance to find common ground after they learn they will be forced to move from their shared Brooklyn apartment. Chung and Rivero will return to The Center for Fiction for a captivating discussion about their stories of love, loss, family, and belonging. After the conversation, Chung and Rivero will sign books.

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In Conversation

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    Gina Chung

    Gina Chung

    Gina Chung is a Korean American writer from New Jersey currently living in New York City. She is the author of the short-story collection Green Frog and the novel Sea Change, which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a 2023 B&N Discover Pick, and a New York Times Most Anticipated Book. A recipient of the Pushcart Prize, she is a 2021-2022 alumna of The Center for Fiction/Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellowship and holds an MFA in fiction from The New School.

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    Melissa Rivero

    Melissa Rivero

    Melissa Rivero is the author of The Affairs of the Falcóns, which won the 2019 New American Voices Award and a 2020 International Latino Book Award. The book was also longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Her most recent novel, Flores and Miss Paula, was published in December 2023. Born in Lima, Peru and raised in Brooklyn, she is a graduate of NYU and Brooklyn Law School, where she was an editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. Melissa still lives in Brooklyn with her family.