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Sarah Z. Sleeper

Warwick’s presents
Sarah Z. Sleeper
in conversation with Karen Osborn


Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 4:00pm PDT

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This is a virtual event on Facebook Live.

On Thursday, September 3rd at 4:00pm Warwick's will host Sarah Z. Sleeper as she discusses her new book, Gaijin. Sarah Z. Sleeper is an ex-journalist with an MFA in creative writing. Her short story, “A Few Innocuous Lines,” won an award from Writer’s Digest. Her non-fiction essay, “On Getting Vivian,” was published in The Shanghai Literary Review. Her poetry was published in A Year in Ink, San Diego Poetry Annual and Painters & Poets, and exhibited at the Bellarmine Museum. In the recent past she was an editor at New Rivers Press, and editor-in-chief of the literary journal Mason’s Road. She completed her MFA at Fairfield University in 2012. Prior to that she had a twenty-five-year career as a business writer and technology reporter and won three journalism awards and a fellowship at the National Press Foundation. Karen Osborn is the author of the novels, Patchwork, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Between Earth and Sky, The River Road, Centerville, winner of the Independent Publishers Gold Award, and most recently The Music Book. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her husband and teaches fiction writing in the M.F.A. program at Fairfield University.

Lucy is a budding journalist at Northwestern University and she’s obsessed with an exotic new student, Owen Ota, who becomes her lover and her sensei. When he disappears without explanation, she’s devastated and sets out to find him.

On her three-month quest across Japan, she finds only snippets of the elegant culture Owen had described. Instead she faces anti-U.S. protests, menacing street thugs and sexist treatment, and she winds up at the base of Mt. Fuji, in the terrifying Suicide Forest. Will she ever find Owen? Will she be driven back to the U.S.? Gaijin is a coming-of-age story about a woman who solves a heartbreaking mystery that alters the trajectory of her life.

Gaijin By Sarah Z. Sleeper, Barbara Lockwood (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947041677
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Running Wild Press - August 1st, 2020