Rising literary star Bryan Washington is a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree and winner of numerous awards, including the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. His first book, the story collection Lot, landed on numerous best-of-the-year lists, including that of former President Obama, Time, NPR, Vanity Fair, and many more.
Washington's new novel Memorial centers on Mike, a Japanese American chef at a Mexican restaurant, and Benson, a Black day care teacher, who have begun to question their relationship. With humor and compassion, Washington creates a vibrant, moving portrait of two young men who are navigating issues of race, family, identity, and queerness while attempting to figure out their place in this world.
Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.; Recording available through November 9