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Virtual Event: Lit Out Loud: Jonny Sun, Goodbye, Again, and Michelle Zauner, Crying in H Mart

Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 7:00pm


East City Bookshop welcomes Jonny Sun with his new book Goodbye, Again and musician and author Michelle Zauner with her new book Crying in H Mart.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite here. Registration is required.

**Signed copies of the book are available!! All preorders and books ordered at the event will be signed. We will have a limited supply of pins and the first 20 pre-orders from the Eventbrite page will receive a pin with their orders!**

This event is an installment of Lit Out Loud, a series of virtual events that bring authors together in conversation with the audiobook narrators of their most beloved titles. Join us for a discussion of the process of writing and narrating a book, how it feels to hear your words read aloud and the power of engaging with a story using both your eyes and ears.

We strongly encourage our customers to purchase this event's audiobook through our partners at You can sign up via our virtual storefront here. Once you've created your account and logged in, you can purchase the Goodbye, Again audiobook here and the Crying in H Mart audiobook here.

About Goodbye, Again

Jonny Sun was inspired to write Goodbye, Again as a vehicle to talk about what it means to be human. The pieces are a series of meditations on topics such as loneliness, what it means to feel like an outsider, to short humor pieces, conversations, poems, and memorable one-liners – all interspersed with Jonny’s charming black and white line illustrations. His honest writing about his struggles with feeling productive, as well as his own difficulties with anxiety and depression, will connect deeply with his fans as well as anyone attempting to create in our chaotic world. The book also features a sweetly rendered recipe for scrambled eggs that might just make you cry.

About Crying in H Mart

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food. As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band--and meeting the man who would become her husband--her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner's voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

About Jonny Sun

Jonny Sun is the author of the illustrated essay collection GOODBYE, AGAIN (HarperPerennial, 4/20/2021). He is the best-selling author and illustrator of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too (Harper Perennial, 2017), and known for his wildly popular twitter account @jonnysun. He is also the illustrator of Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He was a writer for the Emmy-nominated sixth season of the Netflix Original Series BoJack Horseman, and is currently writing a movie, a new book, and working on multiple other projects.

As a doctoral candidate at MIT and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB, Jonny Sun studies social media, virtual place, and online community. He has a master’s degree in architecture from Yale and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Toronto. His latest art installation, The Laughing Room, was exhibited at MIT in 2018 and at TED in 2019. Previously, his artwork has been exhibited at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, the Harvard Art Galleries, MIT, the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven ArtSpace, and the University of Toronto. His plays have been performed at the Yale School of Drama, Factory Theater in Toronto, Hart House Theater, and Theater Lab in Toronto.Jonny Sun’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, BuzzFeed, Playboy, GQ, and McSweeney’s, and he has been interviewed on NPR, Late Night With Seth Meyers, on the PBS Newshour, in the New York Times Like a Boss column, in the New York Times Magazine, in Vulture, as one of TIME Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People on the Internet of 2017, and he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. His TED Talk has been viewed over 3 million times. For more on Jonny Sun, visit:

About Michelle Zauner

Michelle Zauner is the author best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for releases like Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017).

Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062880857
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - April 20th, 2021

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657743
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021