Every act of imagination is political in some way; some works address political history directly. How can the political enrich a work of fiction, and how can fiction enrich politics? What are the politics of writing about politics? Join novelists Meng Jin and Gina Apostol as they read from their recent books and talk about the pleasures and pains of tackling recent tumultuous political history in fictional work, in a conversation moderated by Nur Nasreen Ibrahim.
Meng Jin was born in Shanghai and lives in San Francisco. A Kundiman Fellow, she is a graduate of Harvard University and Hunter College. Little Gods is her first novel.
Gina Apostol’s fourth novel, Insurrecto, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Prize, and named by Publishers' Weekly one of the Ten Best Books of 2018. Her third book, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.
Nur Nasreen Ibrahim is a television producer and writer. Born and raised in Pakistan, she is currently based in the United States. She was a finalist for the inaugural Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Catapult, The Millions, and other publications. Her fiction has appeared in Platypus Press’ ‘Shorts’ series, Salmagundi Magazine, The Aleph Review, Barrelhouse, and in The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction from Hachette India. Her essay is forthcoming in the Catapult anthology, A Map is Only One Story.