Join San Mateo County Libraries Wednesday, March 22 from 6:00-7:00 PM to welcome author Meng Jin in a discussion of her mesmerizing short story collection, Self-Portrait With Ghost.

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"Self-Portrait fires on all cylinders. Hopscotching from San Francisco to China, each one of these 10 dizzyingly immersive stories offers up a heady and visceral portrait of what ails us, from isolation and self-doubt, to unrequited love and regret over what might have been, to what it means to be (and to be considered) an American." — Alexis Burling, The San Francisco Chronicle

"Super charged. Memory, desire, love and more are engineered into haunting tales (with a sidecar of humor). Settings from urban China to San Francisco to otherworldly landscapes, where walls dissolve and disaster lurks online and spreads outside of any lines recognizable or imagined, are just one captivating element of these stories. Jin’s first novel, Little Gods, earned critical acclaim and industry awards. Her story collection upholds all previous standards and more." — East Bay Express

Meng Jin is the author of Self-Portrait With Ghost, a story collection, and the novel Little Gods, a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Award and LA Times First Fiction Prize, and longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award. She is a Kundiman fellow, a David TK Wong fellow, a Steinbeck fellow, and a Creative Capital grantee. Her narrative prose has appeared Vogue, Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. She is currently a visiting lecturer in creative writing at Harvard University.


  • Occurs Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


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