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Our Missing Hearts

Celeste Ng

Warwick’s & University of San Diego’s College of Arts and Sciences present
Celeste Ng
in conversation with Leeva Chung, Leeva Chung, USD Professor of Communication Studies

Our Missing Hearts

Friday, October 21, 2022 - 7:00pm PDT

Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theater (KIPJ Theater)
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Our Missing Hearts
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$29+tax and fee: One General Admission & one copy of Our Missing Hearts

  • Masks are required for all attendees at this event per the author’s request.
  • There will be no posed photography with Celeste, but attendees are welcome to take photos of Celeste during the conversation.
  • General Admission Check-In at 6:15PM. Please print out your tickets.
  • Seating is first-come, first served.
  • Reserved Seating with Book ticketholders will receive a copy of Our Missing Hearts at check-in. Additional books will be available for purchase at this event.
  • Please enter campus from the west entrance and park in the west lot. Shuttles will be available from the parking structure to the theater. The event will begin on time, so please allow plenty of time to get from the parking structure to the theater.
  • Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

Celeste Ng is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere. Ng is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and her work has been published in over thirty languages.

Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner lives a quiet existence with his loving but broken father, a former linguist who now shelves books in a university library. Bird knows to not ask too many questions, stand out too much, or stray too far. For a decade, their lives have been governed by laws written to preserve "American culture" in the wake of years of economic instability and violence. To keep the peace and restore prosperity, the authorities are now allowed to relocate children of dissidents, especially those of Asian origin, and libraries have been forced to remove books seen as unpatriotic - including the work of Bird's mother, Margaret, a Chinese American poet who left the family when he was nine years old.

Bird has grown up disavowing his mother and her poems; he doesn't know her work or what happened to her, and he knows he shouldn't wonder. But when he receives a mysterious letter containing only a cryptic drawing, he is pulled into a quest to find her. His journey will take him back to the many folktales she poured into his head as a child, through the ranks of an underground network of librarians, into the lives of the children who have been taken, and finally to New York City, where a new act of defiance may be the beginning of much-needed change.

Our Missing Hearts is an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice. It's a story about the power - and limitations - of art to create change, the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children, and how any of us can survive a broken world with our hearts intact.

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ISBN: 9780593492543
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Published: Penguin Press - October 4th, 2022