WORD is excited to celebrate the release of Leland Cheuk's new book No Good Very Bad Asian at our Greenpoint location. The evening will begin with stand-up comedy by Wilson McDermut and Cindee Weiss, followed by a discussion between Leland Cheuk and fellow author Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan.
Please note that admission to this event requires either a purchase of No Good Very Bad Asian OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in store at WORD on the day of the event only.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Meet Sirius Lee, a fictive famous Chinese American comedian. He’s a no good, very bad Asian. He’s not good at math (or any other subject, really). He has no interest in finding a “good Chinese girlfriend.” And he refuses to put any effort into becoming the CEO/lawyer/doctor his parents so desperately want him to be. All he wants to do is make people laugh. A cross between Paul Beatty’s The Sellout and Jade Chang’s The Wangs Vs. the World, No Good Very Bad Asian follows Sirius from his poor upbringing in the immigrant enclaves of Los Angeles to the loftiest heights of stardom as he struggles with substance abuse and persistent racism despite his fame. Ultimately, when he becomes a father himself, he must come to terms with who he is, where he came from, and the legacy he’ll leave behind.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
A MacDowell Colony and Hawthornden Castle Fellow, Leland Cheuk is the author of three books, most recently No Good Very Bad Asian. Cheuk’s work has been covered in The Paris Review, Vice, Poets and Writers, and Electric Literature, and has appeared in publications such as Salon, Catapult, and Joyland Magazine, among other outlets. He is the founder of the indie press 7.13 Books, lives in Brooklyn, and teaches at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute. You can follow him on Twitter @lcheuk and at lelandcheuk.com.
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a New York-based journalist and author of Sarong Party Girls as well as A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family, both of which were international bestsellers. She is also the editor of the fiction anthology Singapore Noir. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Marie Claire, Newsweek, Bloomberg Businessweek, and the Chicago Tribune, among other places.
Wilson McDermut is a regular at Broadway Comedy Club and The Comic Strip Live (Late Night) in New York City, and has performed across the country from Maine to Missouri. An active member of the Gotham Comedy Foundation (a non-profit organization affiliated with Gotham Comedy Club), Wilson runs a monthly comedy show for patients and their families at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on Manhattan's Upper East Side. He’s also appeared on BBC America's Crash Course in Comedy with Richard Hammond.
A regular at The Comic Strip Live, Cindee Weiss runs a monthly comedy show called “Fun Size and Venti” on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Meet Sirius Lee, a fictive famous Chinese American comedian. He's a no good, very bad Asian. He's not good at math (or any other subject, really). He has no interest in finding a 'good Chinese girlfriend.' And he refuses to put any effort into becoming the CEO/Lawyer/Doctor his parents so desperately want him to be.
A brilliant and utterly engaging novel—Emma set in modern Asia—about a young woman’s rise in the glitzy, moneyed city of Singapore, where old traditions clash with heady modern materialism.
$5 admission to this event at our Brooklyn store. Your $5 admission voucher functions like a gift card and can be used toward anything in store on the night of the event only.