Hey SLSA. I’m happy to share with you a novel largely inspired by what I’ve learned at SLSA conferences over the years. It was a privilege to read from The Box in an online Arts Lounge at SLSA’s 2021 annual meeting. And now the book is in the world, published by Graywolf Press (USA) and House of Anansi (Canada)!
Sofia Samatar generously wrote: “If one of César Aira’s sly, sophisticated fictions took a detour through Jane Bennett’s theory of vibrant matter, the result might look something like The Box. At once a detective story, a meditation on art in the Anthropocene, and a speculative encounter with the liveliness of things, Mandy-Suzanne Wong’s startling novel is literature for our times.”
Excerpts and related essays are in Adroit, Cardiff Review, Literary Hub, and Women Writers. Lovely advance reviews and more below.
And a small US tour: readings and conversations, all free to attend. All dates are in 2023, and I’d love to see you.
30 Sep. Golden Notebook, Woodstock, NY. 2 p.m. ET with Gretchen Primack
3 Oct. WORD Books, Brooklyn, NY. 7 p.m. ET with Summer J. Hart
5 Oct. SubText Books, St. Paul, MN. 7 p.m. CT with Mark Haber
2 Nov. Brown University, Providence, RI. 5:30 p.m. ET
Mandy-Suzanne Wong, PhD