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The B&N Podcast


Sep 4, 2019

Today on the B&N Podcast our guest is the New York Times bestselling author Mary H.K. Choi, who in two razor sharp novels — 2018's Emergency Contact and her brand-new Permanent Record — captures the lives, anxieties and loves of young people crossing that fraught and fractured border between teen life and the big world of adulthood. Her novels are shelved in that increasingly varied category we call "YA fiction," But as a culture journalist with credits that range from the New York Times and The Atlantic to Wired and HBO's Vice News Tonight, Choi infuses her stories with wit, pathos, and a sensibility that speaks to the anxieties and possibilities that come with life in an electronically mediated world — and that combination has brought her devoted readers across generations. Mary H.K. Choi joined B&N's Miwa Messer in the studio to talk about the obsessions that drive her fiction, and Permanent Record's story of 21st century love meeting 21st century fame.