I first heard Lisa Ko speak about immigration on a hot summer night in 2016 at Greenlight, my then-neighborhood bookstore in Brooklyn. The author was reading an early excerpt from her first novel, “The Leavers,” which had just won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and was slated to be published the following year.
Three years later, I was thrilled to hear the author speak again on a chilly spring night here in my hometown. Ko, currently in residence at Ucross, addressed a packed room at Whitney Center for the Arts on Thursday. She read again from “The Leavers,” which has picked up more awards and accolades, then discussed the story with Sheridan College’s Sarah Jo Heuck Sinclair.
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