EVENT: Noir, Neon, Karaoke, Crime with Henry Chang

Henry Chang Death Money

There are eight million stories in the naked city, and writer Henry Chang tells one in Death Money, the latest novel in his noir series featuring Detective Jack Yu.

In a reading organized by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and co-sponsored by Beyond Chinatown, Chang previews Detective Yu’s latest investigation which takes him through a criminal underworld that reaches from benevolent associations of Chinatown to the take-out restaurants, strip clubs, and underground gambling establishments of the Bronx, to a wealthy, exclusive New Jersey borough.  It’s an intrigue worthy of a classic Hong Kong crime thriller right here in the New York City area…

More than just a crime story, the novel is a revealing look into Chinese communities through a character who is conflicted about his return to Chinatown.  Mystery genre review site reviewingtheevidence.com says, “In his dogged insistence on providing the Chinese word for the Chinese thing, Henry Chang may very well be insisting on the complex reality that lies behind the often tacky face that Chinatown shows to the North American eye.”

The basement bar of Chinatown’s Asia Roma with its neon-glow is the perfect backdrop for this plunge into the unseen parts of Chinatown.  True to many Chinese social establishments, karaoke resumes after the reading!

The $10 entry fee includes your drink of choice (cocktail, beer, or wine) and an entry into a raffle to win a free copy of Death Money or a set of the first three books in the Detective Jack Yu series: Chinatown Beat, Year of the Dog, and Red Jade.  The first 20 people to buy tickets also receive a free copy of Death Money which Henry Chang will sign at the reading.  Get your ticket here!  Here’s the event page on Facebook.

Henry Chang is a New Yorker, a native son of Chinatown and the Lower East Side. His poems have appeared in the seminal Yellow Pearl anthology, and in Gangs In New York’s Chinatown. He has written for Bridge Magazine, and his fiction has appeared in On A Bed Of Rice and in the NuyorAsian Anthology. His debut novel Chinatown Beat garnered high praise from the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, among others.

Read more about Chang in this profile by The New York Times and in this interview with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Thursday, May 15, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Asia Roma, 40 Mulberry Street

Image courtesy of Asian American Writers’ Workshop