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Main Event: Many Voices With Yiyun Li

Author of "Wednesday's Child: Stories"

2023-11-06 18:30:00 2023-11-06 20:00:00 America/New_York Main Event: Many Voices With Yiyun Li The Main Event: Many Voices series returns with four captivating speakers sharing their stories and their most recent work. This month's speaker is award-winning writer Yiyun Li. Main Library - Auditorium

Monday, November 06
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-11-06 18:30:00 2023-11-06 20:00:00 America/New_York Main Event: Many Voices With Yiyun Li The Main Event: Many Voices series returns with four captivating speakers sharing their stories and their most recent work. This month's speaker is award-winning writer Yiyun Li. Main Library - Auditorium

Main Library

Auditorium

The Main Event: Many Voices series returns with four captivating speakers sharing their stories and their most recent work. This month's speaker is award-winning writer Yiyun Li.

Image provided by: Basso Cannarsa-Agence Opale

Yiyun Li

For the Chinese-born American writer Yiyun Li, fiction can be a way to retrieve memory, to escape circumstance, or to reclaim one’s consciousness from the influence of others. Her books, which include five acclaimed novels, two short story collections, and two books of nonfiction, are richly observed, and deeply felt.

Her most recent novel, "The Book of Goose," won the 2023 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. It tells of two girls raised in the French countryside following WWII. In starred review, BookPage wrote, "Not since Elena Ferrante’s 'My Brilliant Friend' has a novel so deftly probed the magical and sometimes destructive friendships that can occur between two girls ... an elegant and disturbing novel about exploitation and acquiescence, notoriety and obscurity, and whether you choose your life or are chosen by it." The New York Times Book Review noted, "Li [is] one of our finest living authors: Her elegant metaphysics never elide the blood and maggots." "The Book of Goose" was named a Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Financial Times, San Francisco Chronicle, TIME, Slate, NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, and others.

Listen as Yiyun Li shares her story — and her stories included in her most recent release, "Wednesday's Child."

If you wish to purchase a Main Event: Many Voices speaker's recently released title during their event, you will find The Friends of Main Library located in the Atrium before and after each event. Author book signing will follow each event located in the hallway beside the auditorium.

Titles available for purchase courtesy of the Friends of Main Library:

September 25: "The First Ladies" by Victoria Christopher Murray and Marie Benedict

October 23: "The Beginning Was the End: Devo in Ohio," new edition by David Giffels and Jade Dellinger

November 6: "Wednesday's Child" by Yiyun Li

Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served. Auditorium doors will open at 6 pm for early seating. If you have any questions, please contact the Culture & AV Division by phone at 330.643.9015 or email cadiv@akronlibrary.org.

Main Library

Phone: 330.643.9000
Branch manager
Michael Bianchi

Hours
Mon, Feb 19 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Feb 20 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Feb 21 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Feb 22 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Feb 23 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Feb 24 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Feb 25 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

Main Library, located in the heart of downtown Akron, combines compelling public space with meaningful and relevant public library services for all members of our community. Since opening in 2004, the downtown library welcomes more than one million visitors each year.

Subject divisions include: Business, Government & Science, Culture & AV, Magazines & Newspapers, Special Collections (local history & genealogy), TechZone@Main, Teen, and a 12,000 square feet Children's Library.

Special services available at Main Library include: a Patent & Trademark Resource Center; U.S. Passport and Notary services; a Microbusiness Center; a Maker Space; a resource lab for early childhood educators; and regularly scheduled computer training classes. Also available at Main Library are more than 125 public access computers, color photocopiers/printers, laminating, scanning, faxing, and free Wi-Fi.

Specialized spaces include a 425-seat auditorium, public meeting rooms, and a used bookstore. An interior glass block walkway leads to a 600-space parking garage owned by the City of Akron. An outdoor amphitheater and landscaped park complete the complex.

Upcoming Events

Thu, Feb 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Feb 22, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Registration is now closed

Thu, Feb 22, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Feb 22, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Thu, Feb 22, 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Teen Meeting Room
This event is full

Thu, Feb 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Feb 24, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Auditorium,Atrium,Meeting Room 1,Meeting Room 2AB,Meeting Room 3

Mon, Feb 26, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library RECE Lab

Wed, Feb 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Feb 28, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Thu, Feb 29, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Feb 29, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Quiet Study Room 1

Thu, Feb 29, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Feb 29, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Feb 29, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Mar 02, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Auditorium

Mon, Mar 04, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room

Tue, Mar 05, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TechZone

Wed, Mar 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Mar 06, 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Business, Government & Science

Wed, Mar 06, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TechZone

Wed, Mar 06, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Mar 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Mar 07, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TechZone

Thu, Mar 07, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Mar 07, 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Mar 07, 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Mar 09, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Garden Trio Corridor,Meeting Room 2AB,Meeting Room 1

Sat, Mar 09, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Sat, Mar 09, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
TechZone

Mon, Mar 11, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room

Wed, Mar 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Mar 13, 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Business, Government & Science

Wed, Mar 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Zoom

Wed, Mar 13, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Wed, Mar 13, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Thu, Mar 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Mar 14, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Meeting Room 1

Thu, Mar 14, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Mar 14, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Mar 14, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Thu, Mar 14, 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Sat, Mar 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library RECE Lab

Mon, Mar 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room

Wed, Mar 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Mar 20, 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Business, Government & Science

Wed, Mar 20, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Wed, Mar 20, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Mar 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Mar 21, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Mar 21, 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Mar 21, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Mar 23, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab 2

Sat, Mar 23, 10:30am - 11:15am
Meeting Room 2AB

Sat, Mar 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room