Program—Gish Jen - Thank You Mr. Nixon Metrowest Readers Book Presentation

Thursday, October 67:00—8:00 PMLibrary Community RoomNeedham Free Public Library1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA, 02494
OnlineNeedham Free Public Library1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA, 02494

Program—Gish Jen - Thank You Mr. Nixon Metrowest Readers Book Presentation 

THURSDAY, October 6th from 7:00—8:00 PM

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MetroWest Readers Fest, in partnership with Wayland Free Public Library and Goodnow Library (Sudbury), invites you to join author Gish Jen at Goodnow Library in Sudbury on Thursday, October 6 at 7 pm. There are a limited number of seats to see this event in person - please use this link to register:  We will be simulcasting the presentation in the Community Room - please fill out the form below to attend.

This event is a part of ONE, a community-wide read organized by MWRF. The title for this year’s initiative is Thank You, Mr. Nixon, a short story collection by the acclaimed writer Gish Jen. In this collection of 11 linked short stories, Jen “embarks on a fictional journey through U.S.-China relations, capturing the excitement of a world on the brink of tectonic change.” Thank You, Mr. Nixon was named the #1 Recommendation for AAPI Month by Oprah Daily, an Amazon Editor’s Pick for Best Literature & Fiction, and was called “marvelous” by Claire Oshetsky in the New York Times. In July 2022, NPR included Thank You, Mr. Nixon in its biannual “Books We Love” feature. In addition to Thank You, Mr. Nixon, Jen is the author of eight other books and has had short stories selected for The Best American Short Stories five times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. Gish Jen is currently a Visiting Professor at Harvard. Whether or not you’ve read Thank You, Mr. Nixon, we enthusiastically invite you to a lively evening and hear from Gish Jen, an observant chronicler of American life who the late John Updike named as his self-appointed “successor” in 1999. Attendees in person will have ample opportunity to ask questions, share thoughts, or just listen.

24 regional libraries are participating in the initiative including the Needham Free Public Library, with some planning book discussions and/or complementary events that address topics and themes found in Thank You, Mr. Nixon. Needham's book discussions will occur on Monday, October 3rd (Virtual) as part of the Needham Connects series as well as in person on Monday, October 17 at 7:00 PM as part of the Bookworm's Evening Book Club.  You can register for both events at

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