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Terror Stricken Benefit - November 2, 2010
As Islamophobia burns hotter than ever, join Amitava Kumar, finalist for the biggest literary prize in India, and Hari Kunzru, one of Granta's top 20 writers under 40, for a compelling discussion with Brennan Center attorney Faiza Patel.

The Sexy Nerd Party - November 6, 2010
Sorry, pal. If you're a writer or if you're Asian American, odds are you were once a nerd. Don't be ashamed. Throw on some festive attire for drinks and dancing with writers like Tao Lin, Richard Price, and special musical guest Fred Ho.

PAGE TURNER All-Day Festival - November 7, 2010
Hey, let's you and I create the next Asian American intellectual milieu. The Workshop's premiere festival will feature more than twenty writers to create a brainy and eclectic literary space.

Seventeen Syllables Benefit - November 17, 2010
Come to our  reception honoring Hisaye Yamamoto, the legendary author of Seventeen Syllables and meet Smithsonian-recognized painter Roger Shimomura who'll discuss paintings depicting his childhood in Idaho internment camps during the Second World War.

Our home video on Kickstarter!
The Workshop shot a home video! It’s part of our Kickstarter project, where you can make a investment in the Workshop in exchange for great prizes, such as coffee with a Venture Capitalist, tour of an MTV video shoot, lunch at the Federal Reserve, a manuscript critique by a William Morris agent, puzzle tips from a Sudoku champion, and a foodie tour of Chinatown by Jennifer 8 Lee.

Terror-Stricken: An AAWW Benefit Against Islamophobia

Featuring Amitava Kumar, Hari Kunzru, Faiza Patel, and others.
Tuesday, November 2, 6-7 pm dinner with authors, 7-9pm cocktail program.
At the home of Faiza Patel, 111 Hudson Street, Apt. 6

Nearly a decade since September 11, Islamophobia burns hotter than ever. More than sixty percent of Americans hold negative opinions of Muslims, a nativist hysteria manifested most recently in Pastor Terry Jones's bonfires for the Koran and in the protests against Park51's free exercise of religion. Join two prestigious authors--Amitava Kumar, finalist for the biggest literary prize in India, and Hari Kunzru, one of Granta's top 20 writers under 40--for a compelling discussion with Faiza Patel, Counsel in the Liberty and National Security Project at the Brennan Center for Justice.

The Nation will be on site to record the panel discussion, and will post the conversation as an audio segment on their Multimedia Page online.

The dinner menu features Muslim Chinese food from a hip new restaurant that Anthony Bourdain called “unbelievable.”

This benefit supports The Asian American Writers' Workshop, a 21st century arts space that has done more than any other literary nonprofit to portray Asian America after 9/11. Led by an award-winning poet who litigated against the Department of Homeland Security, the Workshop has presented civil rights advocates alongside Pakistan punk rockers, connected detainment and Japanese internment, and showcased some of the brightest chroniclers of the war on terror: Moustafa Bayoumi, Rinku Sen, Amitava Kumar, Jill Magid, Hasan Elahi, and H.M. Naqvi. Invest in the future of Asian American arts and ideas and show up in your most festive attire.

Dinner with authors 6-7pm $250 (comes with AAWW membership, cocktail tickets & listing as Benefit Committee member) / Cocktails & literary discussion., 7-9pm $50 (comes with AAWW membership) / Special Cocktail Package, 7-9pm 6 tickets for $250 (comes with AAWW membership & listing as Benefit Committee member) / Benefit Committee members will be honored on the Workshop and PAGE TURNER websites, as well as the event program.

Online ticket sales are closed. Tickets will be for sale at the door.

The Sexy Nerd Party: Page Turner Kick-Off with Fred Ho and Das Racist

Featuring drinks, music, dancing and guest appearances by Tao Lin, Richard Price, Lorraine Adams, Nami Mun, Karan Mahajan, and others.
Live music by Fred Ho and Das Racist
Saturday, November 6, 8-11pm
Chambers Fine Arts, 522 West 19th Street, NY, NY
$40 entry / $60 for two

Sorry, pal. If you're a writer or if you're Asian American, odds are you were once a nerd. Don't be ashamed--you're all grown-up now and besides, thanks to Andre 3000, Tina Fey, and Google, nerd chic is in. So, throw on your most festive attire and stumble over to the swankiest Asian Art gallery in New York, where we'll have drinks and dancing. You can support your favorite nonprofit by gazing shyly at the cute red-haired girl across the room, getting drunk in the presence of writers like Tao Lin, Richard Price, Lorraine Adams, Nami Mun, and Karan Mahajan, and dance awkwardly in the corner with your favorite sexy nerd. Featuring jazz legend Fred Ho and hip hop ensemble Das Racist as musical guests. You bring the sexy, we'll bring the nerd. Admission comes with free sexy nerd glasses.

Online ticket sales are closed. Tickets will be available at the door for $40/person.

PAGE TURNER: The Asian American Literary Festival

Featuring Susan Choi, Tao Lin, Tan Lin, Das Racist, Richard Price, Tim Wu, Henry Chang and others!
Sunday, November 7, 11am-6pm
Literary Awards Reception 6-7pm
powerHouse Books, 37 Main St Brooklyn, NY, NY

Hey, let's you and I create the next Asian American intellectual milieu. The Workshop's premiere festival will feature more than twenty writers to create a brainy and eclectic literary space. Hear Richard Price, author of Lush Life and The Wire, talks shop about the Lower East Side with crime novelist Henry Chang. Marvel at well-known writers reading their best work that got rejected by literary journals. And take a break at our cozy upstairs mezzanine space--we're calling it The Hangout and it's where we'll have Asian American superheroes, drunken scrabble, and more. It all shakes down at the hottest bookstore in New York.

Featuring Meena Alexander, Gina Apostol, Henry Chang, Samantha Chanse, Susan Choi, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Luis H. Francia, Sarah Gambito, V.V. Ganeshananthan, Fred Ho, Young-ha Kim, Myung-mi Kim, Hari Kondabolu, Amitava Kumar, Tan Lin, Tao Lin, Jerry Ma, Karan Mahajan, Cate Marvin, Nami Mun, Manijeh Nasrabadi, Wena Poon, Richard Price, Iraj Isaac Rahmim, Bino A. Realuyo, Akhil Sharma, Roger Shimomura, Sung J. Woo, Tim Wu, Jeff Yang, and Monica Youn. See the full schedule here.

Online ticket sales are closed. Tickets will be available at the door: $10 for each event or $30 for an all-day pass.

Seventeen Syllables: Sharing Stories of Internment

Featuring Roger Shimomura and others!
Wednesday, November 17, 6-7pm
Flomenhaft Gallery, 547 W 27th St #200, NY, NY

We're throwing a special reception to present our fourth Lifetime Achievement Award to Hisaye Yamamoto, the legendary author of Seventeen Syllables, an edgy and sexual short story collection about how hard it can be for the Nisei and Issei generations to understand one another. Born in 1921, Hisaye wrote part of the collection while written in internment camps in Poston, Arizona.

At dinner, Smithsonian-recognized painter Roger Shimomura presents a special artist talk featuring paintings depicting his childhood in Idaho internment camps during the Second World War. At cocktails, Roger will present the award to a member of Hisaye's family and prominent Asian American community members will share stories from their family about internment. In honor of the title story of Hisaye's collection, which features a mother's obsession with haiku, we'll have well-known literary figures sell you personalized haikus at ten bucks a pop. Join us for an eclectic night, at the intersection between art and politics, as we honor the stories that pass between one generation to another.

Featuring special guests Tomie Arai, novelist Julie Otsuka, poet Purvi Shah, and others.

Dinner & intimate artists talk 6-7pm $200 (comes with AAWW membership, cocktail tickets & listing as Benefit Committee member)

Special dinner package 3 for $500 (comes with AAWW membership, cocktail tickets & listing as Benefit Committee

Cocktails & readings 7-9pm $50 (comes with membership)

Special cocktail package 3 for $100 (comes with membership)

If you buy or raise $200 in cocktail tickets, you will be listed in the Benefit Committee.

Benefit Committee members will be honored on the Workshop and PAGE TURNER websites, as well as the event program.

Online ticket sales are closed. Tickets will be available at the door.

Our Kickstarter Home Video!

Your investment will determine how big and ambitious we can make the celebration, how many underrepresented writers we can bring to the center of American letters this year. By creating an Asian American intellectual space that does not currently exist, PAGE TURNER shows that Asian American literature is alive. By committing to PAGE TURNER, you will send a message that says that you believe in the Pulitzer Prize winners of the future--and that you believe in nurturing the writers who will tell our childrens' story and that of their children. Help inspire future generations and ensure that they too will know that their stories matter and deserve to be told.