Local Libraries LIT: Grace M. Cho

Mar 21, 2024

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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Grace M Cho virtual author event on March 21 at 7pm. Registration required for the event link.

Join the libraries of Johnson County for the latest Local Libraries LIT author event featuring Grace M. Cho. This is a free virtual event, with registration required.

Grace M. Cho's work sits at the crossroads of creative nonfiction and interdisciplinary scholarship, exploring the ways in which residues of state violence and historical trauma permeate the intimate spaces of the here and now. As a sociologist, she approaches storytelling as an opportunity to broaden the lens through which readers see personal experience. Grace teaches full time as a professor of sociology, food studies, gender studies, critical criminology, and disability studies at the City University of New York.

Grace is the author of Tastes Like War, a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for nonfiction and the winner of the 2022 Asian Pacific American Literature Award for adult nonfiction. Time and NPR named it as one of the best books of 2021. Her first book, Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War, received a 2010 book award from the American Sociological Association. Her writing has appeared in journals such as The New InquiryPoemMemoirStoryContextsCatapult, Artform, GastronomicaFeminist StudiesWomen’s Studies Quarterly, and Qualitative Inquiry. She has been featured in People Magazine and on NPR’s Fresh Air, KCRW’s Good Food, Milk Street Radio, and BBC World Outlook. She is co-editor of The Children of the People: Writings by and about CUNY Students on Race and Social Justice (DIO Press, 2022).

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The goal of Local Libraries LIT (Listen, Initiate, Talk) is to grow a thriving community which shines with diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Local Libraries LIT is a partnership between the following Johnson County libraries:
• Coralville Public Library
• Iowa City Public Library
• North Liberty Library
• Oxford Public Library
• Solon Public Library
• Springmier (Tiffin) Public Library
• Swisher Public Library
• University of Iowa Libraries

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