Berkeley Arts & Letters: Celeste Ng / Our Missing Hearts

2407 Dana St., Berkeley, CA 94704

From $36.00

Wed, October 19th, 2022 @ 7:00PM PDT

Booksmith and Berkeley Arts & Letters are thrilled to present an evening with #1 New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere – and if you were at Booksmith for our Little Fires event with Celeste, you'll be as excited as we are – to celebrate her highly anticipated follow-up novel, Our Missing Hearts. More information to be announced soon, but please save the date and join us!


Please note:

  • This is a ticketed, in-person event. Each ticket includes a copy of Our Missing Hearts.
  • This is an offsite event, to be held at First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St. in Berkeley, CA.
  • Safety: ID and proof of full vaccination, including booster, will be required at the door. Masks will be required throughout the duration of the event and capacity will be limited to allow indoor distancing. 
  • Because we’re limiting capacity, we can't guarantee we'll have space for walk-ins. The best way to ensure you’ll get a seat is to order a ticket now.
  • We are happy to offer *signed copies* of Our Missing Hearts: order a ticket if you'd like to pick up a signed copy at the event, or order here if you just want a signed copy and no admission.
  • If we feel it is not safe to gather, as the event gets closer, we will pivot to a virtual event and your registration will remain valid.
  • Questions? Write [email protected].


About the book

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.


About the author

Celeste Ng is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere. Her third novel, Our Missing Hearts, will be published in October 2022. 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. Author photo by Kieran Kesner.


Please note:

  • This is a ticketed, in-person event. Each ticket includes a copy of Our Missing Hearts.
  • This is an offsite event, to be held at First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St. in Berkeley, CA.
  • Safety: ID and proof of full vaccination, including booster, will be required at the door. Masks will be required throughout the duration of the event and capacity will be limited to allow indoor distancing. 
  • Because we’re limiting capacity, we can't guarantee we'll have space for walk-ins. The best way to ensure you’ll get a seat is to order a ticket now.
  • We are happy to offer *signed copies* of Our Missing Hearts: order a ticket if you'd like to pick up a signed copy at the event, or order here if you just want a signed copy and no admission.
  • If we feel it is not safe to gather, as the event gets closer, we will pivot to a virtual event and your registration will remain valid.
  • Questions? Write [email protected].


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Refund Policy:

No refunds or returns.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event the venue cancels an event, you will be refunded within 4 business days of the event date for your purchase.

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First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 Dana St.
Berkeley, CA 94704
415-967-8376