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Nicole Chung in conversation with Ruth Tam

The Ivy Bookshop

What does it mean to lose your roots―within your culture, within your family―and what happens when you find them?

Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up―facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from―she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.

With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Nicole Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets―vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.

Nicole Chung’s essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Slate, Longreads, BuzzFeed, and Hazlitt, among many others. She is the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast.

Joining Nicole will be Ruth Tam. Ruth Tam is a writer, illustrator and public radio producer. Born and raised outside Chicago, she attended Tufts University and is now based in Washington D.C., where she currently produces for The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU 88.5, D.C.'s NPR station. She likes cheese, beer and talking to strangers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TIME & DATE
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

LOCATION

The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209


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