POSTPONED: A conversation with Award-Winning Authors Katie Kitamura and Rivka Galchen in Celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month May 18


Katie Kitamura

This event has been postponed. More details to follow.

Katie Kitamura, the award-winning of author of Intimacies, will speak at an in-person program at the Cambridge Public Library in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Kitamura will be in conversation with award-winning author and staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, Rivka Galchen. The program will take place in the Main Library Lecture Hall on May 18, from 6-7:30 p.m., and is sponsored by the Cambridge Public Library Foundation.

Intimacies is a story about an unnamed woman working as an interpreter in the International Court of Justice at The Hague. She confronts power, love, and violence, both in her personal intimacies and in her work at the Court. She is soon pushed to the precipice, where betrayal and heartbreak threaten to overwhelm her, forcing her to choose what she wants from her life.

Intimacies was listed as one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2021, a Washington Post Notable Book of 2021, and one of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2021. It was longlisted for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award and was a finalist for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize. A recipient of fellowships from the Lannan, Santa Maddalena, and Jan Michalski foundations, Kitamura has written for publications including The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times, The Guardian, Granta, BOMB, Triple Canopy, and Frieze. Kitamura’s work has been translated into 21 languages and is being adapted for film and television. She teaches in the creative writing program at New York University.

Rivka Galchen is the award-winning author of five books, most recently the novel Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch, about the witch trial of the mother of the astronomer Johannes Kepler. She is also a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.