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Celeste Ng

Best-Selling and Award-Winning Writer

Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You, which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014, and named a best book of the year by over a dozen publications.  Everything I Never Told You was also the…

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Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You, which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014, and named a best book of the year by over a dozen publications. 

Everything I Never Told You was also the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the ALA’s Alex Award, and the Medici Book Club Prize, and was a finalist for numerous awards, including the Ohioana Award, the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.Celeste grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists.

Celeste attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award. 

Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize.Currently, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, will be published by Penguin Press in fall 2017.

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Everything I Never Told You
This lecture is a discussion of Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel Everything I Never Told You—the story behind the book and the process of writing it. The audience will learn about the real-life seeds of the story as well as where fact and fiction intersect in the novel.

On Writing and Science
In this talk, Celeste Ng discusses her path to becoming a writer and how growing up in a family of scientists has influenced her work, as well as where she finds inspiration for her stories.

The “Difficult” Woman
Women and men in fiction are often held to very different standards: women characters (and the women who write them) are more often judged on “likability.” In this lecture, Celeste Ng discusses the concept of the “unlikeable” or “difficult” woman, its implications, and the need for creating complex characters.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being an Asian American Writer
What does it mean to be an “Asian American” writer? In this talk, Celeste Ng discusses her own evolving relationship with the term, as well as larger issues of “ethnic” writing and cultural identity in fiction.

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