Kazuo Ishiguro to Appear at AAWW Event

PEN Out Loud x Asian American Writers’ Workshop: Kazuo Ishiguro with Jia Tolentino

Thursday, March 4 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. EST

Digital Event

Admission: $20 – $55

Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro joins PEN Out Loud and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) to commemorate Klara and the Sun, his first novel since being awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. A gripping, genre-bending story featuring Ishiguro’s characteristic restraint, the novel examines Klara, “an artificial friend with outstanding observational qualities” who yearns to be the perfect companion for her future owner.

Essayist and The New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino will join Ishiguro in conversation to discuss the narrative’s themes of service, sacrifice, and what it means to love.

AAWW and PEN America present this event in collaboration with Strand Book Store and Scripps Presents.

To purchase tickets, please click HERE to visit PEN America’s Eventbrite page. General admission is $20. You may choose to purchase Klara and the Sun with your ticket, and PEN America will ship it domestically ($35 total) or internationally ($55 total). The first 250 “Admission with Book” tickets will include a bookplate. AAWW is generously offering JapanCultureNYC readers 50% off! Use promo code POL2021 when you make your purchase.


About Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His eight previous works of fiction have earned him many honors around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into more than 50 languages, and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both made into acclaimed films, have each sold more than two million copies. He was given a knighthood in 2018 for services to literature. He also holds the decorations of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan.

About Jia Tolentino

Brooklyn-based Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker and former deputy editor at Jezebel and a contributing editor at the Hairpin. Her first book, the essay collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, is a New York Times bestseller. She is a 2020 Whiting Award winner in Nonfiction.

About the Asian American Writers’ Workshop

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) is a national literary nonprofit dedicated to publishing and incubating work by Asian and Asian diasporic writers, poets, and artists. Since its founding in 1991, they have provided a countercultural literary arts space at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice. For more information, please visit AAWW’s website.

About PEN America

Formed in 1922, PEN America is a nonprofit that boasts a membership of more than 7,500 novelists, journalists, nonfiction writers, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other writing professionals, as well as devoted readers and supporters. The organization’s mission is “to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.” For more information, please visit PEN America’s website.

About Strand Book Store

Located on 12th and Broadway in New York City, the Strand Book Store is a family-owned, iconic literary destination with more than 90 years of history and 18 miles of books to prove it. Its events feature some of today’s most interesting and provocative authors. Its unparalleled inventory of 2.5 million new, used, and rare books and locally designed totes, gifts, and apparel makes it easy and exciting to get lost in the stacks.

About Scripps Presents

Scripps Presents is an electrifying mix of storytellers and artists, policymakers and musicians—and everything in between. Based at Scripps College, Scripps Presents provides a forum the Claremont Colleges and audiences across Southern California to engage with eye-opening, mind-bending, genre-defying tête-à-têtes with the thinkers and doers, writers and performers, whose passions and perspectives are changing the way we see the world.