As part of its ongoing “Book of the Year” celebration, College of the Canyons will present “Meet Celeste Ng,” featuring the New York Times bestselling author at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on Monday, Oct. 19. The event, held in conjunction with the annual Celebrating the Humanities program, will feature a special presentation and live reading from Ng’s novel, “Everything I Never Told You.”
“Celeste Ng’s campus visit and live reading will provide a unique educational experience for students and community members alike,” said Adam Kaiserman, English professor and one of the event organizers. “The event also represents the first time we have been able to host a ‘Book of the Year’ author on campus. Naturally, we are all very excited to hear her speak.”
In its review of “Everything I Never Told You,” the Los Angeles Times refers to the novel as “an accomplished debut.” The reviewer describes Ng’s complex, multigenerational novel as “heart wrenching” and “an engaging work that casts a powerful light on the secrets that have kept an American family together – and that finally end up tearing it apart."
The novel was Amazon's No. 1 Best Book of 2014 and a New York Times Notable Book, and it was included on more than a dozen “Best Book of the Year” lists throughout the country. It was the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and the Medici Book Club Prize. And, it was a finalist for numerous other awards, including the Ohioana Award, the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.
The free community event is scheduled 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. The afternoon will also feature an audience Q&A period and book signing. Copies of the novel are available in the college’s bookstore, and will also be available for purchase at the event. Parking will be available in lots 7 and 8, with day-use permits available for $2 from self-service kiosks.
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About Celeste Ng
Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Penn., and Shaker Heights, Ohio, among a family of scientists. She attended Harvard University and later received a Hopwood Award scholarship from the University of Michigan, where she went on to receive a master of fine arts. Her fiction and essays have also appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review (BLR) and Kenyon Review Online. Ng received a 2011 Pushcart Prize for her story “Girls, At Play,” which appeared in the fall 2010 issue of BLR. She lives in Cambridge, Mass.