Literary pick for week of Oct. 22

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“When We Become Ours,” the first young adult anthology of short stories by adoptees about adoptees, will be launched at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls. It’s published by HarperTeen.

(Courtesy of HarperTeen)

Edited and contributed to by Shannon Gibney and Nicole Chung, the anthology shows that no two adoptees have the same story. These stories are from 15 bestselling, acclaimed and emerging adoptee authors whose insights are told in a variety of genres, including a Korean adoptee in high school in Toronto falling for a suitor who could be her undoing to a mixed Black girl embarking on a quest to be as Black as possible in the eyes of her peers.

Gibney and Sun Yung Shin, both of Minneapolis, will be joined by fellow contributor Jenny Heijun Wills during the program that includes a reading followed by a discussion moderated by poet LM Brimmer.

Gibney is a writer, educator and author of “See No Color” and “Dream Country,” young adult books that won Minnesota Book Awards, as well as a picture book, “Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight,” and  “The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be,” a speculative memoir of transracial adoption. Sun Yung Shin was adopted from Korea and raised in the Chicago area. She is an award-winning multi-genre author or editor of nine books for adults and children, including co-editing “Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption.” Wills, professor of English and Chancellor’s Research Chair at the University of Winnipeg, is the author of a forthcoming collection of personal essays, “Asian Adopted Queer Hungry.” Brimmer is a Black transracial adoptee who co-edited the anthology “Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose and Pride.”

This free program is open to the public; masks are required in the store.


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