Larissa Pham in conversation with Jenny Zhang

May 21, 2021 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Virtual Event

Larissa Pham will read from and talk about her glorious new memoir, Pop Song: Adventures in Art and Intimacy.  She will be joined in conversation by Jenny Zhang. 

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Already hailed as A Literary Hub Most Anticipated Book of the Year, and One of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books of the Year (among other lists!),"Pham reinvents the memoir in a stirring debut that explores the power of language, art, and love . . . This is a masterpiece." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Pop Song is a book about distances, near and far. The miles we travel to get away from ourselves, or those who hurt us, and the impossible gaps that can exist between two people sharing a bed. Plumbing the well of culture for clues and patterns about love and loss—from Agnes Martin’s abstract paintings to James Turrell’s transcendent light works, and Anne Carson’s Eros the Bittersweet to Frank Ocean’s Blonde—Pham writes of her youthful attempts to find meaning in travel, sex, drugs, and art before sensing that she might need to turn her gaze upon herself.

Larissa Pham is an artist and writer in Brooklyn. Born in Portland, Oregon, she studied painting and art history at Yale University. She has written essays and criticism for the Paris Review DailyThe NationArt in AmericaGuernica, and elsewhere. She was an inaugural Yi Dae Up fellowship recipient from the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. She is also the author of Fantasian, a novella.

Jenny Zhang's debut short story collection Sour Heart, published by Lenny/Random House in 2017, has received both the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the L.A. Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. In addition to her fiction and poetry, Zhang’s essays have been published by The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Rookie, and BuzzFeed. Her newest book is a poetry collection, My Baby First Birthday, published in 2020 by Tin House Books.