Today is the official date for the release of the North American edition of Look Who’s Morphing in North America and Europe. I wrote this book with a world audience in mind and had always felt that it could find appreciative audiences (and in both the US and Canada especially). It took me 9 years to write this book (this included 5 years of doctoral research when I decided to complete the manuscript as part of a PhD). It’s since taken a further 5 or so years for the book to find its way to publication outside of Australia… but now it’s here. It all feels at once both exciting and a bit surreal… as it happens, apt descriptors for Look Who’s Morphing itself.
At present, I am living in Toronto for the next few months and will then be in the USA for most of the remainder of the year, so I will be paying particular attention to the book’s progress in North America and will be doing some readings here and there (if you’d like me to tour to your city and you have contacts with local artists who could join me, please get in contact – who knows what might be possible). I am aware that I am joining quite the line of Australian artists who have taken their artistic ambitions to North America in the last twenty or so years. Mel Gibson. Hugh Jackman. Cate Blanchett. Yahoo Serious. Will my experiences unfold in any way like theirs?
Anyway, things are kicking off with a dual launch in NYC on April 13. This event will see Look Who’s Morphing launched with the 25th anniversary re-release of Sarah Schulman’s book After Delores. Sassafras Lowrey is our guest-reader too. The launch will be at Bureau of General Services – Queer Division and I am really looking forward to it. Here are the details:
For book blurbs and bio information on the writers, please see the publicly-available Facebook event listing
And then, just a few days later in NYC, I’ll be giving a reading with local writer Eugene Lim (his work sounds fantastic) for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop:
Twins and Pop Stars
Thursday, April 17, 7:00pm
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York, NY
Meet a grandma named Bruce, an occasional Godzilla, and Whitney Houston’s bodyguard/lover. Tom Cho’s Look Who’s Morphing was published to acclaim in Australia and shortlisted for multiple literary awards—including the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book—and has been studied at universities in Canada, Australia, UK, Switzerland and Japan. It is finally being released in the U.S. Eugene Lim will join him on stage to read from his book The Strangers, an experimental novel on twins, relationships, and film, which author Lydia Davis called “so precise and accurate to real life that it is (fantastically) convincing.”
For bio information on myself and Eugene, please visit the publicly-available Facebook event listing.