Ask the Novelist Celeste Ng About Race and Writing


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“Little Fires Everywhere,” the latest novel by the Asian-American author Celeste Ng, takes place in the 1990s, in a Midwestern suburb that may seem like utopia. In The New York Times Book Review, Eleanor Henderson wrote that Ms. Ng reminds us how “20 years ago, in the age of AltaVista, pagers and Sir Mix-a-Lot, some who voted for another Clinton claimed to have within their sight a post-racial America.”

But the magic of this best-selling novel, Ms. Henderson added, is its “power to implicate all of its characters – and likely many of its readers – in that innocent delusion.”

On Wednesday, Ms. Ng will join Rachel L. Swarns and John Eligon, two New York Times writers, on Facebook Live to talk about the novel’s approach to America and race, and about how Ms. Ng’s childhood as the daughter of immigrants in the Midwest shaped her writing.

The conversation will also be guided by questions from our live audience on Facebook. Leave your questions in the comments, and Ms. Ng will answer some of them on camera.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 9 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.

How to watch: The discussion will be streamed live on The Times’s Facebook page: facebook.com/nytimes.

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