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Taiwan in the Trump Era – Ed Lin & Shawna Yang Ryan Reading

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    On Saturday, February 18, 2017, please join Lost Lit for our first Literary event of the year! We’re showcasing two incredibly talented writers: Ed Lin and Shawna Yang Ryan, as they present their recently released new books, INCENSED and GREEN ISLAND, respectively. Join us for a special reading and lively panel talk about Taiwan in the Trump Era, moderated by Professor Jack Tchen. Afterwards we’ll have an intimate reception where you can personally chat with the writers and get copies of their books signed.

      EVENT DETAILS:
      Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
      Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Reading)
      8:30pm – 9:30pm (Reception)
      Place: Grumpy Bert
      82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission: FREE (Donations greatly appreciated)
    RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP HERE! Seat not guaranteed until email confirmation received from Eventbrite. Reception-no RSVP necessary. Just come on by!
      GUEST BIOS:
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      ED LIN, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is
      the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and
      is an all-around standup kinda guy. His latest book, INCENSED, a
      Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in October.
      Follow him at edlinforpresident.com and on twitter @robertchow.


      SHAWNA YANG RYAN teaches in the Creative Writing Program
      at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is the author of
      WATER GHOSTS and GREEN ISLAND, which was an Amazon
      Best Book of February 2016. In 2015, she was the recipient of the
      Elliot Cades Emerging Writer Award. Follow her at
      shawnayangryan.com and on twitter @shawnayangryan.


      JACK TCHEN is the founding director of the Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Studies Program & Institute at New York University & part of the original founding faculty of the Depart. of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU, where he currently still teaches. Jack co-founded the Museum of Chinese in America in 1979-80. He is the author of several books on Chinatown, including “New York before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882” & “Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Old Chinatown, 1895-1905.” He is the co-author of “Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear.”


Brooklyn Book Festival 2016

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    Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert are thrilled to be apart of the Brooklyn Book Festival for our 4th year in a row! Not only will we be representing a tiny sampling of art zines and books at a booth (tbd) on the big Book Festival Day, we’re hosting THREE official Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Events! See details below!

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    Lost Lit is proud to welcome Leland Cheuk, Marie
    Myung-Ok Lee, Sally Kim & Ayesha Pande, with Ed Lin
    moderating, as they dissect the question of the invisible
    minorities in publishing. DETAILS HERE!

    Tues. Sept. 13 – LOST IN SPACE Talk
    Come & get lost at Grumpy Bert’s as we travel through
    space & time for an out of this world discussion.

    Wed. Sept. 14 – ENTER MY BELLY Panel
    Who’s hungry? Grumpy Bert is proud to offer
    another Enter My Belly, Food Talk!

    Sun. Sept. 18 – BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL
    Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert will be sharing a table at the
    Brooklyn Book Festival! Come by and say Hi!

      Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
      Place: Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza
      209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
      Fee: FREE
      Full schedule, visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org.


Brooklyn Book Festival BookEnd Event: Asian Americans in Publishing Panel

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    On Monday, September 12, 2016, Lost Lit can’t wait to host a Brooklyn Book Festival BookEnd Event! Leland Cheuk (Writer), Emi Ikkanda (Senior Editor at Spiegel & Grau), Marie Myung-Ok Lee (Writer) and Ayesha Pande (Literary Agent of Ayesha Pande Literary), with Ed Lin (Writer) moderating, will give a panel talk on the topic of Asian Americans in publishing. They will tackle the question of invisibility, how positive stereotypes like the model minority are still harmful and who is supporting who when it comes to Asian American stories.

      EVENT DETAILS:
      Date: Monday Sept. 12, 2016
      Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm (Panel)
      Place: Grumpy Bert 82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission: FREE (donations welcome) Seating is first come, first serve
    GUEST BIOS:
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    LELAND CHEUK is the author of the novel THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG (CCLaP Publishing, 2015). He has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies including one from the MacDowell Colony, and his work has appeared in publications such as The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, [PANK] Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and others. His first story collection LETTERS FROM DINOSAURS is forthcoming in 2017. He lives in Brooklyn. lelandcheuk.com

    EMI IKKANDA is a Senior Editor at Spiegel & Grau, an imprint at Penguin Random House, and she has edited acclaimed authors, including Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Carla Power, New York Times Bestselling authors Richard Reeves and Julia Angwin, National Bestselling novelist Michael David Lukas, former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, viral sensations Donovan Livingston and Zach Anner, and novelist Lijia Zhang. Before joining S&G, Emi worked as an editor at Henry Holt & Co. In fiction or non-fiction, she loves exploring untold stories and hidden worlds. emiofthecity.tumblr.com (photo credit: Matthew Dunivan Photography)

    MARIE MYUNG-OK LEE is an acclaimed Korean-American writer and author of the novel Somebody’s Daughter. Her next novel, on the future of medicine, is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster. Essays have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, and she is a regular contributor to The Atlantic. She was the first recipient of a creative writing Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea and has won the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts fiction fellowship and the Richard Margolis award for social justice reporting. She graduated from Brown University and was a Writer in Residence there, before she began teaching at Columbia University’s Writing Division. www.facebook.com/MarieLeeWriter

    AYESHA PANDE heads up a boutique literary agency with an eclectic client list, which include the international bestselling author Shilpi Somaya Gowda, PEN/Bingham winner Danielle Evans, PEN/Bingham Finalist Patricia Engel, and Naomi Oreskes, author of Merchants of Doubt and The Collapse of Western Civilization. She has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before becoming an agent, Ayesha was a senior editor at Farrar Straus & Giroux. She has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. www.pandeliterary.com

    ED LIN a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and is an all-around standup kinda guy. His books include Waylaid and This Is a Bust, both published by Kaya Press in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Snakes Can’t Run and One Red Bastard, which both continue the story of Robert Chow set in This Is a Bust, were published by Minotaur Books. His latest book, Ghost Month, a Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in July 2014. Lin lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son. www.edlinforpresident.com


Brooklyn Book Festival 2015

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    Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival for our 3rd year in a row! Everyone who is anyone knows it’s the biggest Brooklyn literary event of the year. You can find us at booth (#129) where Grumpy Bert will be selling art zines, books and tshirts. And Lost Lit can’t wait to talk to you about writing workshops and lit events in person! Also, Remy-the-Pug will be poised and ready to dole out free kissies! See you there!

    But before then, if you’re free on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at 7pm, swing by the Grumpy Bert shop for an exciting Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Event called Enter My Belly: You Are What You Eat! Can you say yum?

      EVENT DETAILS
      Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015
      Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
      Place: Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza
      209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
      Fee: FREE
      Full schedule, visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org.

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Susan Ito – Solo Performance

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    Lost Lit is thrilled to welcome Susan Ito to the stage! As a young adult, Susan follows an obstacle-filled trail to her birth mother. When she finally meets her, she discovers that some things simply just are genetic. Susan’s one-woman show, with no set and no props, brings to life her dramatic search for the details of her origins and her emotional roller coaster ride in defining love, family and belonging.

    Afterwards, we’ll have time for an intimate Q&A with Susan, as well as a celebratory reception.
    Hope you’ll join us!

      EVENT DETAILS:
      Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
      Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Show)
      8:30-9:30pm (Reception)
      Place: Grumpy Bert
      82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission:$5. suggested donation

    RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP. Please email lynne (at) lostlit.com
    and provide:

      *First/ Last name
      *Email/ Phone #
      *If you’re bringing a guest: First/ Last name (limit to +1) and
      *How you found out about this event.


    Seat not guaranteed until confirmation email received. For the Reception, no RSVP necessary.

    WRITER BIO:
    SUSAN ITO is a biracial Asian adoptee, teacher, and writer. She has served as the director of Pact Camp from 2004 to 2011 and is now Head of Pact’s Adult Adoptee Advisory Board. She is also a board member of Pact, and on the advisory team for the Adoption Museum Project. Her book A Ghost At Heart’s Edge is one of the few literary anthologies focused on all members of the adoption triad. Susan’s solo performance piece on adoption, The Ice Cream Gene, has been performed nationally.

    She is the author of The Mouse Room, a SheBooks mini-memoir and is a creative nonfiction editor at the online literary journal Literary Mama. Her writing has appeared in many publications, Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, The Bellevue Literary Review, Making More Waves,the Kartika Review and elsewhere. She writes and teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and in the Creative Nonfiction MFA program at Bay Path University. She lives in Oakland with her husband, two daughters and mother. http://www.susanito.com


Marie Myung-Ok Lee & Susan Ito Reading/ Talk

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    On Monday, October 12, 2015, please join us for a Special Poets & Writer’s Funded Reading and chat with published Asian American Women Writers and long time friends Marie Myung-Ok Lee and Susan Ito. Marie and Susan will both read from current projects exploring themes of family, identity, health, secrets and love. Afterwards, there will be time for them to catch up in person, talk about the writer’s life and answer audience questions.

      EVENT DETAILS:
      Date: Monday, October 12, 2015
      Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Reading)
      8:30pm – 9:30pm (Reception)
      Place: Grumpy Bert
      82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission:$5. suggested donation

    RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP. Please email lynne (at) lostlit.com
    and provide:

      *First/ Last name
      *Email/ Phone #
      *If you’re bringing a guest: First/ Last name (limit to +1) and
      *How you found out about this event.


    Seat not guaranteed until confirmation email received. Reception-no RSVP necessary. Just come on by!

    WRITER BIOS:
    MARIE MYUNG-OK LEE is an acclaimed Korean-American writer and author of the novel Somebody’s Daughter. Her next novel, on the future of medicine, is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster. She graduated from Brown University and was a Writer in Residence there, before she began teaching at Columbia University’s Writing Division.
    Her stories and essays have been published in The AtlanticThe New York TimesSlateSalonGuernica, and The Guardian, among others. She was the first Fulbright Scholar to Korea in creative writing and has received many honors for her work, including an O. Henry honorable mention, the Best Book Award from the Friends of American Writers, and a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts fiction fellowship.
    She has been a Yaddo and MacDowell Colony fellow and has served as a judge for the National Book Award and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. In addition, Ms. Lee is a founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

    SUSAN ITO is the author of The Mouse Room, a SheBooks mini-memoir. She co-edited the anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption (North Atlantic Books). She is a creative nonfiction editor at the online literary journal Literary Mama, and her work has appeared in Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, The Bellevue Literary Review, Making More Waves,the Kartika Review and elsewhere. She writes and teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and in the Creative Nonfiction MFA program at Bay Path University. http://www.susanito.com


Lost in Space Reading Videos

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, from 7pm – 8:45pm, Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert hosted a literary reading where specially chosen writers explored the theme of Lost in Space. For those unable to make the reading in person, you are in luck. For the first time ever, we recorded the event. Videos for each reader is shown, by order of appearance. Please enjoy!