Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator and Blair Publishing hosts a reading and discussion with May-lee Chai, author of Useful Phrases for Immigrants. This event is sponsored by the Durham Literacy Center.
With luminous prose and sharp-eyed observations, Chai reveals the hopes and fears of Chinese immigrants and their descendants from a grieving historian seeking solace in an old lover in Beijing to a young girl discovering her immigrant mother's infidelity to construction workers in central China who make a shocking discovery. Chai's stories are essential reading for an increasingly globalized world. Useful Phrases for Immigrants is the winner of the 2018 Bakwin Prize for Writing by a Woman.
"May-lee Chai presents us with a splendid gem of a story collection…Chai's work is a grand event."—Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Known World and Lost in the City.