Kingston Fall Author Talks: Gish Jen

Kingston Council on Aging
30 Evergreen Street
Kingston, MA 02364

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

The past year has been tumultuous and unpredictable in many ways, with identity often playing a central role. From America’s changing population to globalization, identity has been front and center. In her book, The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap, author Gish Jen lays out a provocative study of the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about self and society, and what this means for current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business. 

Jen’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and dozens of other periodicals as well as in The Best American Short Stories.  Nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award, her work was featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel.

The ongoing author series is sponsored by the Kingston Public Library in cooperation with the Kingston Council on Aging and Kingston Public Library Foundation.  The series is also sponsored by WATD 95.9 FM Radio. Westwinds Bookshop will provide copies of the book for sale and signing.

Light refreshments will be offered, and although the program is free, reservations are requested.
For more information or to register, visit the library’s online calendar at or call the library at 781-585-0517, Ext. 6271, or the Council on Aging at 781-585-0512.
Other talks in the series include: Stuart Mushlin (10/12), Noah Wilson-Rich (10/26), Jane Kamensky (11/2), Joseph Bagley (11/16), Ken Brack (11/30), and David McCullough (12/7).  Visit the Library website for details and registration for each program.