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Professor Ann Tashi Slater ’84 – On Exile, Longing, and the Search for Paradise Lost

The Princeton Club of Northern California and Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P) welcome author and Tokyo-based Professor Ann Tashi Slater ’84, who is visiting the SF Bay Area last week of March.

Ann Tashi Slater’s work has been published by the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Shenandoah, New World Writing, Gulf Coast, and Kyoto Journal, as well as in American Dragons (HarperCollins), an anthology of work by Asian American writers. She is working on a novel based on the Tibetan side of her family and a travel memoir set in India.

Ann was born in Spain, lived for a year in Darjeeling and Kathmandu, and then moved to the States. She has a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. Her travels and work have taken her around the world, to places including France, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Thailand, and Bali. A longtime resident of Tokyo, she teaches American literature at a Japanese university. Visit her website (www.anntashislater.com) and Huffington Post blog (www.huffingtonpost.com/ann-tashi-slater/).

WHAT
On Exile, Longing, and the Search for Paradise Lost

Professor Ann Tashi Slater ’84 will read from and discuss her work on exiled Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas. One of Cuba’s best-known writers, Arenas escaped to the U.S. in 1980. His 1993 memoir, Before Night Falls, tells the harrowing story of his life under the Castro regime and in exile, of his longing for the Cuba he lost even before he left. Ann will talk about writing her senior thesis on Arenas and how this led to her Grove Press translation of his work, as well as her recent New Yorker interview with Arenas and Paris Review essay on Arenas, exile, and 1987 Havana.

WHEN
Wednesday, March 26th, 7:00pm

WHERE
Office of Trumaker
7 Sutter Street, Floor 5; San Francisco, CA 94109

Seating is limited; the event will fill up quickly. Please RSVP here

We are grateful to Michael Zhang ’08, Co-Founder of Trumaker, for hosting the evening.

Booyeon.Han@alumni.princeton.edu or Vitus Lau ’79 (VLau@alumni.princeton.edu)


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