Reading: Michael Shou-Yung Shum and Jaclyn Watterson

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 19:00
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Ave S
Open Book, 1st Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States



Join us in the bookstore as Michael Shou-Yung Shum and Jaclyn Watterson's debut book tour lands in the Twin Cities! Michael will be reading from Queen of Spades, his rollicking debut novel exploring the lives of a vibrant cast of gamblers and dealers in a Pacific Northwest casino. Jaclyn Watterson will read from Ventriloquisms, her lyrical and surreal short story collection. Sequoia Nagamatsu, Minnesota-based author of story collection Where We Go When All We Were is Gone, will read from his works of vivid and uncanny fiction. Don't miss these adventurous authors' Minneapolis appearance!

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Michael Shou-Yung Shum eventually found himself dealing poker in a dead-end casino in Lake Stevens, Washington. Two doctorates bookend this strange turn of events: the first in Psychology from Northwestern, and the second in English from University of Tennessee. Along the way, Michael spent a dozen years in Chicago, touring the country as a rave DJ. He currently resides in Astoria, Queens, with Jaclyn Watterson and three cats. Queen of Spades is his first novel.

Jaclyn Watterson's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Spectacle, New Delta Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Birkensnake, The Collagist, and other venues. Jaclyn holds a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah, and makes her home with the novelist Michael Shou-Yung Shum and several feline companions. Her first book, Ventriloquisms, is the winner of the 2016 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction from Willow Springs Books.

Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone (Black Lawrence Press), silver medal winner of the 2016 Foreword Reviews’ Indies Book of the Year Award. Originally from Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area, he was educated at Grinnell College and Southern Illinois University. He is the managing editor of Psychopomp Magazine, an online quarterly dedicated to innovative prose, and an assistant professor of creative writing at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He is currently working on a second story collection and a novel.