From Sophia Franchi ’15:
Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and editor at large at VQR and has contributed essays and stories to The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, Out, NPR, and other venues. His honors include a Whiting Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has taught writing at Wesleyan University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Columbia University.
Chee has been praised by Junot Díaz as “the fire, and in my opinion, the light.” His most recent novel, The Queen of the Night, traces one woman’s rise from pioneer girl to circus rider to courtesan to world-renowned opera diva in nineteenth-century Paris. Publisher’s Weekly describes it as “lush and sweeping…a moving meditation on the transformative power of fate, art, time, and sheer survival” and Booklist calls it “mesmerizing.”
Free and open to the public.
Reception and book signing to follow the reading.
Date: Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 30
Place: Russell House, 350 High St.