Date(s) - 06/19/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Books Are Magic
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From childhood, Katherine knows she is different, and that her parents are not who they seem to be. But in becoming a mathematician, she must face the most human of problems—who is she? What is the cost of love, and what is the cost of ambition?
On her quest to conquer the Riemann hypothesis, the greatest unsolved mathematical problem of her time, she turns to a theorem with a mysterious history that holds both the lock and key to her identity, and to secrets long buried during World War II in Germany. Forced to confront some of the most consequential events of the twentieth century and rethink everything she knows of herself, she strives to take her place in the world of higher mathematics and finds kinship in the stories of the women who came before her—their love of the language of numbers connecting them across generations.
Catherine Chung won an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award with her first novel, Forgotten Country, and has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a Granta New Voice, and a Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She has a degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and worked at a think tank in Santa Monica before receiving her MFA from Cornell University. She has published work in The New York Times and Granta, and is a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. She lives in New York City.
Idra Novey is the author most recently of the novel Those Who Knew, an Indie Next Pick and Best Book of 2018 with NPR, Esquire, BBC, and O Magazine. Her first novel Ways to Disappear received the Brooklyn Public Library Fiction Prize and the Sami Rohr Prize. She is the translator of Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H. and three other books from Portuguese and Spanish.