Wednesday, March 4, 2020
5:30pm - 8:00pm
555 Mission St #3000, San Francisco
All Tigers are invited to an evening with Abigail Hing Wen S95.
Abigail will discuss her novel, Loveboat, Taipei, which debuted on the New York Times best seller list in January. She will be in conversation with April Chou ’96. More information on Abigail here.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
5:30-6:30 pm Registration and Networking
6:30-7:30 pm Book Discussion
7:30-8:00 pm Book Signing
555 Mission St #3000
San Francisco, CA 94105
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York Times best selling author Abigail Hing Wen S95 (Andy Wen ’95) will discuss her debut novel, Loveboat, Taipei,a young adult Crazy Rich Asians meets a Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, inspired by the actual cultural exchange program in Taipei attended by many Asian American teens since the 1960s. The romp is woven through with an immigrant girl’s coming-of-age story, of navigating family complexities, discovering identity in all its facets and finding love.
Loveboat, Taipei was one of HarperCollins’ largest acquisitions over the past few years. It is a Barnes and Noble Young Adult Book Club pick, discussed nationwide in stores on February 7. Along with Abigail, the novel has been featured in print and television, including Entertainment Weekly, Bloomberg and The World Journal, among others.
All alumni, students (especially young adults!) and family members are welcome. Seating is limited.
Co-sponsored by the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P), Princeton Club of Northern California (PCNC), Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance (HAAAA), and Gibson Dunn.
How to participate
The story has a cast of over 30 Asian Americans and our hope is it will be made into a movie and increase diversity and representation in Hollywood. For those who can’t attend but are looking to support, here are some suggestions:
- Purchase a hardcover online or through your independent book sellers; also available at major retailers
- Spread word directly via this email or social media
- Sign up for updates: www.abigailhingwen.com
- “[A] poignant and honest examination of first love, family obligations and that strange place between high school and college, where we don’t quite know who we are and as such, anything could happen. A unique story from an exciting and authentic new voice.” (Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES)
- “Equal parts surprising, original, and intelligent, Loveboat, Taipei is an intense rush of rebellion, romance, and complex family dynamics. (Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL)
- “Fresh as a first kiss.” (Stacey Lee, award winning author of OUTRUN THE MOON)
- “[F]resh, fun, heartfelt and totally addictive, a story about finding your place—and your people—where you least expected.” (Kelly Loy Gilbert, Morris Award Finalist author of CONVICTION)
- “It has so much to say about being the child of immigrants, about gender and sexuality, about identity and what makes a home. Ever’s search to define herself, with all her intersecting identities, in a world that wants to define her, is really beautifully wrought and lovely.” (Anne Ursu, author of the National Book Award long listed novel THE LOST BOY
- “An entertaining and heartfelt debut that takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of romance and self-discovery.” (Kirkus Review)
- “Ever’s summer [turns] into one of love, mischief, and self-awakening that she will soon not forget… [but] It’s Ever’s resulting growth in the face of parental expectations and heartache that will resonate most with readers far and wide.” (Booklist)
More about Abigail:
Abigail Hing Wen holds a BA from Harvard University, JD from Columbia Law School and MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Like Ever, Abigail is obsessed with musicals.
When she’s not writing stories or listening to her favorite scores, she is busy working in venture capital and artificial intelligence in Silicon Valley, where she is the Senior Director of Emerging AI Tech, Office of the CTO of the AI Products Group at Intel Corporation. She serves as co-chair of the Partnership on AI’s Expert Group on Fairness, Transparency and Accountability and previously worked on AI investments and strategic transactions at Intel Capital. She is a frequent speaker on AI, and her writings on emerging AI, ethics and privacy have appeared in Fortune and Forbes. She lives in the Bay Area with with her husband Andy Wen ’95 and two sons.
“Loveboat, Taipei” is her first novel. Follow on Instagram and Twitter @abigailhingwen