History, Legacy, Friendship: Lisa Ko & Crystal Kim

Tue. Apr 30, 2024 at 6:00pm EDT
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Acclaimed writers Lisa Ko and Crystal Hana Kim trace the connections in their new novels.

Authors of Memory Piece and The Stone Home come together in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown to celebrate their newly published novels, and explore themes of history, legacy, and friendship in their work. Please join Lisa Ko and Crystal Hana Kim for a conversation on creative life in NYC, followed by an audience Q&A. 

To join the event in person | Please register for an In-Person Ticket. Doors will open 30 minutes before the program begins. For in-person events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment; we will do our best to accommodate everyone. Booked seats that have not been claimed will be released shortly before start time, and seats may become available then. A standby line will form 30 minutes before the program.

To join the event online | Please register for an Online Ticket. This event will be streamed on Zoom. To receive a Zoom link, please be sure to register! The link will be shared with registrants shortly before start time.

This World Literature Festival event is co-presented with Asian American Writers' Workshop.


The New York Public Library’s World Literature Festival (April 15-30, 2024) celebrates books and writers from around the world and reflects the languages spoken in our communities. Discover what our patrons are reading in different languages, resources the Library offers, free events, book recommendations, and more.


Crystal Hana Kim is the author of The Stone Home, recently published in April 2024, and If You Leave Me, which was named a best book of 2018 by over a dozen publications. Kim is the recipient of the 2022 National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award and is a 2017 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize winner. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. 

Lisa Ko is the author of Memory Piece, published in March 2024. Her first novel, The Leavers, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Ko’s short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


If you have a NYPL library card, you can borrow the authors' books for free with our e-reader app SimplyE, available for iOS and Android devices.

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  • You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email accessibility@nypl.org.

  • This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs.


  • Live captioning will be provided.

  • You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email accessibility@nypl.org.


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Chatham Square Library 33 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002