The Asian American Cultural Center Book Club offers members of the community to engage in meaningful and thoughtful literary discussions that explore various cultural, political, social, and personal issues related to Asian and Asian American experiences.
For this semester's installment of the AACC Book Club, we will be reading The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu. In his debut novel, Wesley Chu tells a story of an IT technician who finds himself one day waking up and started hearing voices in his head. He eventually finds out that he now has a passenger in his brain - an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. The main character - Roen becomes involved in the aliens civil war having to save the entire human race.
From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant can be checked out via I-Share at our University Library: https://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/all/vf-uiu/Record/13409077
The books will also be available for purchase at a discounted price of $5.00 at the AACC. We look forward to hearing from you.
1. Author Meet & Greet
Date & Time: Monday, March 27th 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: The Asian American Cultural Center - 1st Floor Lounge - 1210 W. Nevada Street
Wesley Chu will be available for a meet and greet during our social hour Chai Time held Mondays at the AACC. Students will have the opportunity to talk to him about the book process, ask questions, and have their book signed by the author.
2. Public Reading of the Lives of Tao
Part of AACC's Tuesdays Food For Thought Lunch Series
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 28th at 12:00 pm-1:00pm
Location: The Asian American Cultural Center 1210 W. Nevada Street
Wesley will be our featured presenter during our Tuesday lunch program Food for Thought. He will discuss in detail about his book, on being a writer, and how he came up with the trilogy of Lives of Tao.
About the Author:
Wesley Chu is a science fiction author. He was originally raised by his grandparents in Taiwan while his parents were study in the U.S. In 1982, he joined his parents in Lincoln, Nebraska, later settling in Chicago in 1990. He received a degree in management information systems from the University of Illinois, worked consulting jobs, then spent ten years in the banking industry. He has acted in film and television, and has also worked as a stuntman.
Chu's first novel, The Lives of Tao, was submitted in 2011 to Angry Robot Books as part of their "Open DOor" process, and published in 2013. It was selected as one of the 2014 Alex Awards winners. Chu became a full-time writer in 2014. He was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2014 and 2015, winning the second time.
Past Book Club books: