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Spring 2017 book selection

This spring we are partnering with the MIT Literary Society to read The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, by Ken Liu.

From the publisher’s website:

Book coverBestselling author Ken Liu selects his multiple award-winning stories for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.

With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. This mesmerizing collection features many of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards), “Mono No Aware” (Hugo Award winner), “The Waves” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” (Nebula and Sturgeon Award finalists), “All the Flavors” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” (Nebula Award finalist), and the most awarded story in the genre’s history, “The Paper Menagerie” (The only story to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards).

Insightful and stunning stories that plumb the struggle against history and betrayal of relationships in pivotal moments, this collection showcases one of our greatest and original voices.

Getting the book

The MIT Libraries own multiple copies of The Paper Menagerie, see the Libraries’ catalog record to check its availability and be added to the waiting list. Also, the MIT Press Bookstore is offering this book at a steep discount to the MIT community, just show your MIT ID when purchasing.


Community discussions and events

Special event: An Evening with Ken Liu

Meet the creator of MIT Reads’ next book selection
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 7pm: Reading, book talk and Q&A; 8pm: Book signing
Location: 2-190
Free, but registration is required

Register now

If you require accommodations, please contact Nina Davis-Millis by April 5.

This event sponsored by the MIT Libraries, the Division of Student Life, and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.


Community discussion

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: W20-301/2 (PDR #1 & 2)

Register now


Community discussion

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: W20-201

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