The Center for Literary Arts Book Club, free and open to the public, gives San Joseans the chance to discuss the latest books by the authors they've seen and heard from on-stage as part of the Reading Series. In order to make the CLA Book Club more accessible during these changing times, we have moved our discussion to the online platforms of GoodReads and Zoom.

For our first pick, we'll discuss the highly anticipated poetry collection Time Is a Mother by award-winning author, Ocean Vuong. This meeting takes place on Sunday, September 25, 2022 on Zoom from 4-5 PM.

In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America. At once vivid, brave, and propulsive, Vuong’s poems circle fragmented lives to find both restoration as well as the epicenter of the break.

The author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds, winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize, and a 2019 MacArthur fellow, Vuong writes directly to our humanity without losing sight of the current moment. These poems represent a more innovative and daring experimentation with language and form, illuminating how the themes we perennially live in and question are truly inexhaustible. Bold and prescient, and a testament to tenderness in the face of violence, Time Is a Mother is a return and a forging forth all at once.

Make it official! Join CLA Book Club on GoodReads where members share thoughts, ask questions, and  celebrate our favorite new books. This month, one lucky member will receive their very own signed copy of Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong.

Event Details

  • Kathy Trang Nguyen
  • Kyle Jun Chow
  • Liz Maglio
  • Thinh V. Nguyen

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