Please join us for this special event featuring two acclaimed local authors Nina Schuyler and Jasmin Darznik! Complimentary coffee and tea provided.
A pioneer of artificial intelligence rebuilds the love of her life, but when she discovers he's been feeding incriminating civilian information to the Chinese government, she'll have to decide whether to keep or kill him.
When approached by a Chinese tech company, Virginia Samson is moved to give them her beloved's algorithm so they can create an AI companion for the aging population. Soon her digital lost love starts spying on Chinese citizens, funneling the information to the Chinese government. When Virginia frantically tries to rebuild him, she uncovers his terrible secret, forcing her to relive their beautiful and tragic love affair. Afterword explores what it means to be human and is a moving testament to the deeply human desire for belonging, companionship, and love.
"Afterword is so propulsive and mysterious I found myself speeding up, but at the same time so patient and well-observed, I had to slow down. Take a sentence like this: “An old woman, with a hunched back and a white cardigan sweater buttoned all the way up, is standing in front of the rows of yogurt, muttering something about vanilla.” You see what I mean? Nina Schuyler has an outstanding sense of story. You fall into this novel and you stay there."
--Peter Orner, Still No Word From You: Notes in the Margin
Nina Schuyler's novel, The Translator, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize. Her novel, The Painting, was shortlisted for the Northern California Book Award. Her short story collection, In This Ravishing World, won the W.S. Porter Prize for Short Story Collections and the Prism Prize for Climate Literature and will be published by Regal House Publishing in 2024. She lives in Northern California.
Jasmin Darznik is the New York Times bestselling author of three books, The Bohemians, Song of a Captive Bird, and The Good Daughter. She is an associate professor and chair of the MFA Program in Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her forthcoming novel is American Goddess.
Nina Schuyler photo courtesy of the author; Jasmin Darznik photo courtesy of the author