Bookshop Santa Cruz Presents: Celeste Ng in conversation with Ellen Bass

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Bookshop Santa Cruz Presents: Celeste Ng in conversation with Ellen Bass

Bookshop welcomes Celeste Ng, in conversation with poet Ellen Bass, to discuss Ng's new novel, OUR MISSING HEARTS.

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Cowell Ranch Historic Hay Barn 94 Ranch View Road Santa Cruz, CA 95064

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  • Tickets include entry to the in-person event plus a hardcover copy of OUR MISSING HEARTS.
  • Books will become available for pickup on 10/4/22 (publication date) and may be picked up at Bookshop Santa Cruz beginning 10/4/22 (two weeks before the event) or at the venue on the day of the event. If you miss the event, we will hold your book at the store for two months after the event.
  • The event will include a book signing (masked and socially distanced; no selfies or handshakes please!)
  • Masks will be required at the event.
  • This event will not be live-streamed or recorded.

"Tender and merciless all at once . . . Vital in all the essential ways." —Jesmyn Ward, author of Sing, Unburied, Sing


From the number one bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere comes Our Missing Hearts, a deeply suspenseful and heartrending novel about the unbreakable love between a mother and child in a society consumed by fear.

Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner lives a quiet existence with his loving but broken father, a former linguist who now shelves books in a university library. Bird knows to not ask too many questions, stand out too much, or stray too far. For a decade, their lives have been governed by laws written to preserve "American culture" in the wake of years of economic instability and violence. To keep the peace and restore prosperity, the authorities are now allowed to relocate children of dissidents, especially those of Asian origin, and libraries have been forced to remove books seen as unpatriotic—including the work of Bird's mother, Margaret, a Chinese American poet who left the family when he was nine years old.

Our Missing Hearts is an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice. It's a story about the power—and limitations—of art to create change, the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children, and how any of us can survive a broken world with our hearts intact.

Celeste Ng is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere. Her third novel, Our Missing Hearts, will be published in October 2022. Ng is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and her work has been published in over thirty languages.

Ellen Bass’s most recent collection, Indigo, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2020. Her other poetry books include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love. Her poems appear frequently in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and many other journals. Among her awards are Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The NEA, and The California Arts Council, The Lambda Literary Award, and three Pushcart Prizes. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Bass founded poetry workshops at Salinas Valley State Prison and the Santa Cruz, California jails, and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University.


  • COVID SAFETY: All attendees must wear a well-fitting protective mask for the duration of their time at the event.
  • Event is in-person only; no streaming option is available at this time.
  • All tickets are final sale and do not qualify for Bookshop Reader’s Club Credit.