This page contains enriched content visible when JavaScript is enabled or by clicking here. Skip to main content

ReadUP 2020: The Leavers: Home

ReadUP

One Book Together Read UP Green & Purple Logo

 

ReadUP Event Dates

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Book Discussion Group facilitated by Fr. Charlie Gordon, CSC.
Light refreshments served.
12-1 p.m. | Library Conference Room, 2nd floor

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Book Discussion Group facilitated by Fr. Charlie Gordon, CSC.
Light refreshments served.
12-1 p.m. | Library Conference Room, 2nd floor

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Book Discussion Group facilitated by Fr. Charlie Gordon, CSC.
Light refreshments served.
12-1 p.m. | Library Conference Room, 2nd floor

Monday, February 10, 2020
Schoenfeldt Distinguished Visiting Writers Series 
presents Lisa Ko
7 p.m. | Public Lecture | Buckley Center Auditorium | Free
Book signing to follow

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Cover of Lisa Ko's novel The Leavers

"One morning, Deming Guo’s mother Polly goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. Left with no one to care for him, eleven-year-old Deming is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

A vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging, The Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away—and how one woman learns to live with the mistakes of her past."

~ from the author's website

Read an excerpt from The Leavers.

Lisa Ko

Lisa Ko smiling and standing in front of a textured grey background,

​"Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, which was a 2017 National Book Award for Fiction finalist, won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. She is a Spring 2020 Shearing Fellow at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Born in Queens and raised in Jersey, she lives in Brooklyn."

~ from the author's website

library@up.edu | 503.943.7111 or 800.841.8261 | 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR 97203-5798 | © 2017 University of Portland, All Rights Reserved