Upcoming Special Literary Event

Author Visit: Kirstin Chen

Counterfeit (2022)

Monday, February 12 • 1:00pm-2:15pm • OnlineCourse 12379 • $30

Meet New York Times best selling author Kirstin Chen in conversation with Anna Katsavos as they discuss Counterfeit (2023), a Reese’s Book Club pick and the subject of a fierce eight-way bidding war for TV rights. Fast-paced thriller, feminist caper, and cautionary tale all rolled into one, this clever read is lots of fun. Thoroughly entertaining, Chen has set out to deconstruct the American dream as well as the myths of “the model minority,” exploding stereotype after stereotype about Asian and Asian Americans. Main characters Ava Wong and Winnie Fang, college roommates turned con-artists, find themselves involved with a designer handbag scam that is about to blow up. Ava, a strait-laced, rule-abiding Chinese American lawyer with a successful surgeon as a husband, a young son, and a beautiful home has built the perfect life. Winnie, once timid and shy, is now a confident woman of the world, dripping in luxury goods -- including a coveted Birkin in classic orange -- but she needs a favor. And so the adventure begins. Presented via alternating points of view and told in two very distinct voices, the protagonists' confessions aim to explain how Ava and Winnie's ordinary lives detoured toward a life of crime, but, in the end, we are left wondering whose version is authentic and whose is fake. Time will be reserved for Q&A.

Pair this course with the book discussion led by Anna Katsavos (Course 12425), also in the winter schedule. Separate registration is required.

KIRSTIN CHEN is the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners (2014) and Bury What We Cannot Take (2018). Born and raised in Singapore, she attended Stanford University and got her Master’s at Emerson College. She has received fellowships and awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, Djerassi, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Toji Cultural Foundation, and the National Arts Council of Singapore. Her writing has appeared in The Cut, Real Simple, Literary Hub, Writer’s Digest, and Zyzzyva. She has taught at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the University of San Francisco, Ashland University, and elsewhere. She currently lives in New York City and San Francisco.

Register for Author Visit with Kirstin Chen on Monday, February 12, 2024 at 1pm

Time will be reserved for audience Q&A. The talk will be recorded and distributed to enrolled students for up to one week of viewing post-lecture. Register in advance to receive the video, even if you are unable to attend the live session.

ANNA KATSAVOS, PhD, is an experienced book group facilitator. A SUNY Professor Emerita of English Literature and Women’s Studies, she has received numerous awards for teaching, and her scholarship has been published in a variety of literary journals. She has interviewed many best-selling authors and has presented interactive programs focusing on a wide range of women’s issues. Additionally, she conducts writing, editing and publishing workshops.

Register for Counterfeit Book Chat with Anna Katsavos on Tuesday, March 5,  2024 at 10am
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