NW Authors Series Presents E. Lily Yu

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Date/Time: May 18, 2024 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us at the library Saturday, May 18th at 2 p.m. for a talk with author E. Lily Yu. Due to author’s request, this will be an in-person event ONLY.

E. Lily Yu will discuss her novel On Fragile Waves, which received the 2022 Washington State Book Award for fiction and was praised by the New York Times Book Review as “devastating and perfect.” Critics have described her newly released short story collection Jewel Box as an inventive, boundary-breaking trove of fantastical treasures.

Yu received the Artist Trust LaSalle Storyteller Award in 2017, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer in 2012, was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon and World Fantasy Awards.


“Jewel Box should be at the top of everyone’s list…. a collection of stories that are wondrous and surreal…. Each story shines.”


“On Fragile Waves is a lyrical fabulist novel that will enchant readers of both literary fiction and fantasy.”

Publishers Weekly:

“In flowing, lyrical prose, Yu showcases the power of folklore and the pain of displacement. This is a knockout.”

New York Times Book Review:

“A tremendous and almost unbearable work of witness. It is devastating and perfect.”

E. Lily Yu is the author of On Fragile WavesJewel Box, and Break, Blow, Burn, & Make (forthcoming 2024), and the librettist of Stars Between for the Seattle Opera’s 2021 Jane Lang Creation Lab.


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