Karen Tei Yamashita (POSTPONED)
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
celebrating the release of her new short fiction collection
Sansei and Sensibility
published by Coffee House Press
Generations of Japanese Americans merge with Jane Austen's characters in these lively stories, pairing uniquely American histories with reimagined classics.
In these buoyant and inventive stories, Japanese Americans shift the boundaries of Jane Austen's classic tales, questioning what inheritance—familial, cultural, artistic—really means. In '60s California and beyond, a woman examines the contents of her dead aunt’s freezer, Mr. Darcy is captain of the football team, a dental hygienist collects a community’s gossip while cleaning his neighbors’ teeth, and station wagons, not horse-drawn carriages, are the transit of the day. These narratives that traverse class, race, and gender leap into our modern world with Yamashita’s signature wit and humor.
Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of seven books, including I Hotel, finalist for the National Book Award, and most recently, Letters to Memory, all published by Coffee House Press. Recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature and a U.S. Artists’ Ford Foundation Fellowship, she is professor emerita of literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Praise for Sansei and Sensibility
"Dazzling. An extraordinarily inventive collection of short stories that takes us from Japan to Brazil to the fractured heart of suburban postwar Japanese America. Whether she is riffing on Jane Austen, channeling Jorge Luis Borges, or meditating on Marie Kondo, Yamashita is a brilliant and often subversive storyteller in superb command of her craft." —Julie Otsuka