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The Center for Fiction Presents Bryan Washington on Family Meal with Ocean Vuong

October 11, 2023

The Center for Fiction hosted an unforgettable conversation with Bryan Washington, author of the story collection Lot and the novel Memorial, celebrating his latest novel, Family Meal. The novel follows Cam, moving back to his hometown of Houston, Texas after the death of his lover—a gripping and profound story about love, grief, and built families, with deep social and cultural insights about race and queer identity. Poet and novelist Ocean Vuong (Time Is a Mother, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous) joined Washington to discuss writing along intersecting identities and the raw vulnerability inherent in their work. The conversation was followed by an extended Q&A, during which audience members had the opportunity to join the discussion.

In Conversation

  • Bryan Washington. Photo Credit Louis Do - Eliana Cohen-Orth

    Bryan Washington

    Bryan Washington

    Bryan Washington is the author of the story collection Lot and the novel Memorial. He is also the winner of a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award, a New York Public Library Young Lions Award, an Ernest J. Gaines Award, an International Dylan Thomas Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and was a finalist for the James Tait Black Prize, the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize finalist, a National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize finalist, and the recipient of an O. Henry Award. He is a columnist for the New York Times magazine and his fiction has appeared in the New Yorker and The Best American Short Stories. He divides his time between Houston and Osaka.

    Photo Credit: Louis Do

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    Ocean Vuong

    Ocean Vuong

    Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collections Night Sky with Exit Wounds and Time is a Mother, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. A recipient of the 2019 MacArthur “Genius” Grant, he is also the winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have been featured in the Atlantic, Harper’s magazine, the Nation, the New Republic, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

    Photo Credit: Tom Hines