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Public Books Masterclass: Trust Exercise

On June 3, 2020, the UT Humanities Center and Union Ave Books partner to host a free Public Books Masterclass about Trust Exercise by Susan Choi. "Zoom in" with UTK assistant professor of English Hilary Havens to participate in a discussion of the book!

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction and a national bestseller, Trust Exercise is set in an American suburb in the early 1980s with students at a highly competitive performing arts high school. In this “Brotherhood of the Arts,” two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall in love. The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure, and of their future adult lives penetrates the school’s walls in shocking events that are not made clear until the book’s stunning coda. The publisher notes that “As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi's Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations.”

Susan Choi is the author of the novels My Education, American Woman, A Person of Interest, and The Foreign Student. Her work has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award and the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. With David Remnick, she co-edited Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker.

How it works:

Attendance is limited. In the event of technical difficulties, we cannot provide book refunds or technical assistance.

Hilary Havens, our discussion leader, is assistant professor in English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she teaches classes on 18th-century literature, the novel, and digital humanities. She is the author of Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel: Authorship from Manuscript to Print and the editor of Didactic Novels and British Women's Writing, 1790-1820.

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Registered participants will be sent a link to the Zoom discussion.

Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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