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Brian Leung to Visit Campus

October 9, 2012

Acclaimed author Brian Leung will be visiting UW on October 24 and 25, 2012.  The main event of his visit will be a presentation at on October 25 at 5:00 pm in William Robertson Coe Library, Room 506. His reading is free and open to the public.  There will be a book sale and signing of his latest novel Take Me Home. The book presents a fictionalized version of the “Chinese Massacre”—the riot and killings of Chinese miners—that occurred in Rock Springs, Wyoming, in 1885. Mr. Leung conducted much of the research for his novel at the UW American Heritage Center and at Coe Library.  A light reception will follow Brian’s talk.

While visiting campus UW’s Rainbow Resource Center and the Multicultural Resource Center have both planned events with Mr. Leung, for interested students and staff, on October 24. At 10:30 the RRC will host an hour-long reception with the author; and from 12:00 to 1:00, the MRC will host a Q&A lunch with Mr. Leung about his latest novel.  He will also visit with creative writing students of the Masters of Fine Arts program over lunch on Thursday October 25. 

Brian Leung was born and raised in San Diego County—a somewhat unlikely location, given that his mother was born in Battleground, Washington, and his father escaped from China in 1949.  As a child, his mother’s side of the family treated him as “white,” while his father’s side of the family thought of him as “Chinese.” As a teenager in 1980, by coincidence, he took a train trip to visit relatives in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the very town at the core of his Willa Award for Historical Fiction–winning novel, Take Me Home

Mr. Leung’s other works fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in multiple magazines and reviews. His World Famous Love Acts won the Asian American Literary Award in 2005 and the Mary McCarthy Award for Short Fiction in 2002.  He has also published another novel, Lost Men. Prof. Leung’s short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have appeared in Indiana Review, Runes, Crazyhorse, The Connecticut Review, Gulf Stream, Mid-American Review, and numerous others.   In 2012, Prof. Leung was the recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation Mid-Career Novelist Award.

Since 2000, Brian has taught in Cincinnati and Los Angeles, and now in Louisville, where he is an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Brian earned his B.A. and MA. at California State University, and an M.F.A from Indiana University.  More information can be found at

The MFA Creative Writing program aims to mentor a new generation of writers. Each semester, the Visiting Writers Series brings distinguished writers to campus. Previous guests include Don DeLillo, Cathy Park Hong, Ben Marcus, Charles Baxter, Camille Dungy, and many others. For more information about  the Visiting Writers Series and the MFA program, please visit the MFA website or contact Gwynn Lemler at or 766-6453.  

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