Nicole Chung (ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW) in conversation with Melody Schreiber
We are excited to welcome author and journalist Nicole Chung in conversation with journalist (and our Non-Fiction Book Club Leader) Melody Schreiber to discuss Nicole's memoir ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW, which shares her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child
About ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW
An Indies Introduce Pick for Summer/Fall 2018
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Library Journal Editors’ Pick for Fall 2018
What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them.
Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hopes of giving her a better life; that forever feeling slightly out of place was simply her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as she grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.
With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.
About Nicole Chung
Nicole Chung’s debut memoir All You Can Ever Know will be published on October 2, 2018. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Times Magazine, GQ, Longreads, Shondaland, BuzzFeed, Vulture, and Hazlitt, among others. She is the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast.
About Melody Schreiber
Melody Schreiber is a freelance journalist focusing on climate change, health and human rights who has reported from nearly every continent, covering everything from the effects of climate change on mental health in the Arctic to the changing tides of livelihoods in the Chesapeake Bay.
Her articles, essays and reviews have been published by The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, NPR, STAT News, PBS NewsHour, The Toast, Catapult, Vice, Gizmodo, Slate, USA Today, Washingtonian, Maryland Life, Delaware State News, and elsewhere; and I have appeared on CNN and Feature Story News.
She also enjoy writing about subcultures and internet culture–including regular contributions to Book Riot, a website devoted to books, comics, and nerd culture. My fiction has been published by District Lines, Magical: An Anthology, and Abundant Grace.