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ACC Library to host meet authors Jennine Capó Crucet and Brian Truong

The Georgia Review, Avid Bookshop, and the Athens-Clarke County Library invites the public to an author event and book signing with Jennine Capó Crucet and Brian Truong.This event is on Friday, January 19, 2024, from 7pm-8pm in the Appleton Auditorium at the Athens-Clarke County Library. Join us to hear Crucet and Truong read passionate, funny, and thought-provoking work that highlights the difficulties and blessings of living in immigrant communities.

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Jennine Capó Crucet is a novelist, essayist, and screenwriter. She’s the author of three books, including the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, which won the International Latino Book Award, was named a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice book, and was cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino, the Guardian, the Miami Herald, and other venues; it has been adopted as an all-campus read at over forty U.S. universities. Her other books include the story collection How to Leave Hialeahwhich won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Book Award, and the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award; and the essay collection My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education, which was long-listed for the 2019 PEN America/Open Book Award. A former Contributing Opinion Writer for the New York Times, she’s also a recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize, the Picador Fellowship, and the Hillsdale Award for the Short Story, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her writing has appeared on PBS NewsHourNational Public Radio, and in publications such as the AtlanticCondé Nast Traveler, and others. She’s worked as a professor of Ethnic Studies and of Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska and at Florida State University. She’s also worked for One Voice Scholars Program as a college access counselor to first-generation college students and as a sketch comedienne (though not at the same time). Born and raised in Miami to Cuban parents, her fourth book, a novel titled Say Hello To My Little Friend, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. She lives in North Carolina with her family.

Based in Brooklyn, Brian Truong is a Vietnamese-American writer with work forthcoming or published in The Rumpus, Ecotone, and The Georgia Review, where he won the magazine’s 2023 Prose Prize. He has also received fellowships and support from Periplus, Millay Arts, Tin House, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is currently at work on a memoir and an essay collection. In the past, Brian co-founded two venture-backed startups focused on empowering makers and artists; his products have reached millions of people. He graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor's in Human Evolutionary Biology and Computer Science, and was a recipient of the Thiel Fellowship. Today, he works by day as a Partner at Graph Ventures, where he supports early-stage founders. He makes ceramics and tends to his plants in his spare time.

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