Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
St John the Evangelist154 Somerset Street West
7:30pm

Yellowface

with R.F. Kuang
Hosted by Ellen Chang-Richardson

Yellowface

with R.F. Kuang
Hosted by Ellen Chang-Richardson
13
Saturday
May
2023
7:30pm
St John the Evangelist
154 Somerset Street West
Rebecca F. Kuang

We are thrilled to welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author R.F. Kuang back to the capital with her latest novel, Yellowface . 

 

PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all patrons, masks are strongly encouraged for those attending in person this Spring. Livestream tickets are available upon request for those who prefer to attend remotely.

 

White lies. Dark humor. Deadly consequences… Bestselling sensation Juniper Song is not who she says she is, she didn’t write the book she claims she wrote, and she is most certainly not Asian American.

 

Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars. But Athena’s a literary darling. June Hayward is literally nobody. Who wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks.

 

So when June witnesses Athena’s death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena’s just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers during World War I.

 

So what if June edits Athena’s novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song—complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn’t this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That’s what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree.

 

But June can’t get away from Athena’s shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June’s (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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