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C Pam Zhang with Raven Leilani / How Much of These Hills Is Gold (paperback launch)

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Booksmith and The Bindery are very pleased to host the virtual launch for C Pam Zhang and the paperback edition of her debut novel How Much of These Hills Is Gold. She'll be in conversation with the author of Luster, Raven Leilani.

This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required. Event link will be sent to everyone who registers.

You can order *signed* copies of How Much of These Hills Is Gold here.

If you have any questions around accessibility, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]


About the book

Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future.

Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and reimagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure story, an unforgettable sibling story, and the announcement of a stunning new voice in literature. On a broad level, it explores race in an expanding country and the question of where immigrants are allowed to belong. But page by page, it’s about the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home.


About the authors

Born in Beijing, C Pam Zhang is mostly an artifact of the United States. She is the author of How Much of These Hills Is Gold, winner of the Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award and the Asian/Pacific Award for Literature; nominated for the Booker Prize; and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Zhang’s writing appears in Best American Short StoriesThe CutMcSweeney’s QuarterlyThe New Yorker, and The New York Times. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree.

Raven Leilani's work has been published in Granta, The Yale Review, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, The Cut, and New England Review, among other publications. Leilani received her MFA from NYU and was an Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence. Luster is her first novel.


This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required.