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Lan Samantha Chang

Live Reading + Q&A +Signing

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This event is free and open to the public.


2:00 PM – Event Begins

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Tuesday - Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
(319) 688-2653

Join us at The Englert Theatre for a live reading, Q&A, and book signing with Lan Samantha Chang to celebrate the release of her new book The Family Chao. This event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase at the event. Joined in conversation will be Margot Livesey.

***Covid policies are in place for this event. All patrons are required to wear face coverings at our free and ticketed events. All patrons must also present a 72-hour (or less) negative COVID-19 test for each individual attending the event. The venue will accept documentation of vaccination in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test.

Lan Samantha Chang is the award-winning author of the collection  Hunger and the novels  The Family Chao, Inheritance, and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. A recent Berlin Prize Fellow, she also has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Chang is the first Asian American and the first female director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Iowa City.

“Lan Samantha Chang’s The Family Chao is a modern-day Brothers Karamazov, a gorgeous and gripping literary mystery that leads the reader into a hall of mirrors, reflecting with its kaleidoscopic vision themes like family, betrayal, passion, race, culture and the American Dream. Devastating and searing, laugh-out-loud funny and profound, Chang’s latest novel is infused with beautiful, evocative writing that will quicken your heart and mind. A masterpiece.”  – Jane Kwok

Photo Credit: Ife Oluwa Nihinlola

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