Alexander Chee at the USF Emerging Writers’ Festival

This Wednesday, I travel to San Francisco for the University of San Francisco’s Emerging Writers Festival. I’ll be reading from what will be my third novel, Saint Spencer of the Lost.
The information is below. If you live in the Bay Area, I hope you’ll come out and see me read.

Five writers will be featured in this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival at USF, beginning Wednesday, April 9th and concluding on Friday, April 11th.
Alexander Chee, Sarah Gambito, Magdalena Zurwaski, Alex Lemon & Katherine Noel will give readings and a panel discussion on “Becoming a Writer.”
All events will be held on the University of San Francisco campus.
Wednesday, April 9th, 7:30 p.m., Berman Hall, Fromm Hall – Reading by ALEXANDER CHEE and SARAH GAMBITO.
Thursday, April 10th, 12 p.m., room TBA — Panel Discussion: “Becoming a Writer.”
Thursday, April 10th, 7:30 p.m., Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall — Reading by MAGDALENA ZURAWKSI, ALEX LEMON, & KATHARINE NOEL.
Alexander Chee is the author of Edinburgh, a novel praised in the New York Times as “haunting, complex, sophisticated” and awarded the Michener Copernicus Prize and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize. Chee is also a recipient of the 2003 Whiting Writers’ Award and a 2004 NEA fellowship.
Sarah Gambito received the 2005 Global Filipino Literary Award for her first collection of poetry, Matadora, which juxtaposes Tagalog, Shahrazad, the East Village, Wonder Woman, bullfighting, and any other raw material the poet can lay claim to as she constructs and deconstructs personal and cultural identity. Her poems have appeared in the Iowa Review, Antioch Review, New Republic, and elsewhere.
The author of the poetry chapbook Bruised Nickelodeon, Magadalena Zurawski makes her fictional debut with the forthcoming novel The Bruise, written in incantatory prose that recalls the stylistic explorations of Stein and Hemingway.
The poems in Alex Lemon’s Mosquito document his experience in the wake of brain surgery; ardent in protest and in delight, these poems offer, in Mark Doty’s words, “an amulet and charm against the speechlessness of suffering.” Lemon is also the author of a forthcoming memoir and a poetry collection, Hallelujah Blackout, slated to appear in 2008.
In her novel Halfway House, Katharine Noel chronicles with grace, insight, and clear-eyed compassion how a teenage girl’s mental illness tests and profoundly changes her family. Noel is the recipient of the Wallace Stegner and Truman Capote fellowships at Stanford.
Wednesday’s reading is co-sponsored by the Department of English, the MFA Program in Writing, and the Center for the Pacific Rim
Thursday’s reading is co-sponsored by the Department of English & the MFA Program in Writing,


  1. I am trying to clear my calendar as we comment! 🙂 I just read Edinburgh–I loved it. I read the last half of the novel in one fell swoop, I stayed up until like, 3am on a work night reading it. I signed up on your fan club on Facebook with my “irl” name. But stopped from linking to you on goodreads with my “irl” name because you would probably be like, “Who _is_ this chick?!”

    Okay. I should not have had that iced tea at dinner. I normally do not do the caffeine thing.

  2. I love it when that book keeps people up all night.

    Thanks for joining my facebook page, and again, I hope to meet you tonight.

  3. That woman is just fantastic, I mean most seems to think she is a fool but that’s just an act, it does take some skills to become one of the most famous people in the world.

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