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Hey bookworms! We are thrilled to announce Nghi Vo will be hopping onto a Zoom call near you to chat about her journey to getting published, as well as her book The Empress of Salt and Fortune, Book 1 in the Signing Hills Cycle. This time, participants will have the option of attending just the author event OR attending the author event and participating in book club. Sign ups for the author event will remain open through the event start on Monday, February 28 at 7 p.m. EST and a Zoom link will be sent to you when you sign up. Book club sign ups will close on Monday, February 28 at 11:59 p.m. EST or until the limited spots have been filled.   

The author event will be held on Monday, February 28 at 7 p.m. EST on Zoom. Book club sections led by staff will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 12:00 -1:00 p.m. EDT and Friday, April 8 at 12:00 -1:00 p.m. EDT. Discussions will be held in person (location TBD), pending current safety protocols at the time of the meetings. 

Students participating in book club will receive a signed physical copy of the novella.

Questions? Please email uslcommunityprograms@columbia.edu.

About the Author 

Nghi Vo is the author of the novel The Chosen and the Beautiful, as well as the acclaimed novellas When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain and The Empress of Salt and Fortune, a Locus and Ignyte Award finalist and the winner of the Crawford Award and the Hugo Award. Born in Illinois, she now lives on the shores of Lake Michigan. She believes in the ritual of lipstick, the power of stories, and the right to change your mind. Her next books are the new novel Siren Queen due out in May 2022, and the next novella in the Singing Hills Cycle, Into the Riverlands, due out this fall.

About the Book

With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama, Nghi Vo's The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tightly and lushly written narrative about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women.

A young royal from the far north, is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully.

Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to the palace for the lack of five baskets of dye, befriends the emperor's lonely new wife and gets more than she bargained for.

At once feminist high fantasy and an indictment of monarchy, this evocative debut follows the rise of the empress In-yo, who has few resources and fewer friends. She's a northern daughter in a mage-made summer exile, but she will bend history to her will and bring down her enemies, piece by piece.

Discussion Sections

  • Thursday, April 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, April 8, 12:001:00 p.m. EDT

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  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

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September

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

October

  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • A Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

November

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry

January

  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

February

  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

March

  • They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

June

  • Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto 

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