As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay and “incendiary” by The New York Times. With his non-fiction collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel he secures a place as one of the finest essayists of his generation. Reckoning with his identity as a Korean–American, gay man, activist and artist, he examines everything from his father’s death to the AIDS crisis to moonlighting as a Tarot reader. He discusses his commanding, heartbreaking and wry work with Ronnie Scott.


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Alexander Chee (International)

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Alexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh. He is a contributing editor at the New Republic, an editor at large at Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2016, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Guernica, and Tin House, among others. He is an Associate Professor of English at Dartmouth College. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist — and how we form our identities in life and in art. It was named a Best Book of 2018 by Publisher’s Weekly, Time Magazine, New York Magazine and the Washington Post, among others. As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay, and “incendiary” by The New York Times.

Ronnie Scott (Australian)

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Ronnie Scott is the founder of The Lifted Brow, a literary magazine, and Lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT University. His first novel The Adversary will be published in 2020.