Fiction: Borders and Belonging: Lisa Ko and Gina Frangello in conversation with Amy Danzer

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Gina Frangello and Lisa Ko have both written emotionally rich novels that explore family and belonging. Frangello’s new novel, “Every Kind of Wanting,” considers class, race and sexuality as it explores the reconfiguration of families and community. Frangello is also the author of “A Life in Men,” “My Sister’s Continent” and “Slut Lullabies.” Ko, whose writing has appeared in “Best American Short Stories 2016,” took inspiration for her debut novel, “The Leavers,” from reports of undocumented immigrant women whose children were taken from them, then adopted by American families.  “The Leavers” won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Leading the conversation will be Amy Danzer, who manages the master’s degree program in creative writing at Northwestern University.

Sunday, June 11, 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Jones College Prep/4th Floor/4034

Lisa Ko

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Lisa Ko

Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, Apogee Journal, Narrative, O. Magazine, and elsewhere.

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Gina Frangello

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Gina Frangello

Gina Frangello is the author of four books, including Every Kind of Wanting and A Life in Men, which was a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown. She is the founder of Other Voices Books, has served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus.

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Amy Danzer

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Amy Danzer (Moderator)

Amy Danzer manages several master’s programs at Northwestern University, including the MA/MFA in creative writing program. She also directs NU’s Summer Writers’ Conference. On the side, she writes book reviews and interviews authors for Newcity.

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