Our March pick for Ballerina Book Club, hosted by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Isabella Boylston, is Charles Yu’s “Interior Chinatown.” Written in a screenplay format, the darkly funny novel tells the story of Asian actor Willis Wu and his experience being typecast within Hollywood.
Willis dreams of emerging from the anonymous rollcall of background characters to be the central player — or more specifically: the “Kung Fu Guy,” rather than “Generic Asian Man Number Three/Delivery Guy.” The satirical book follows Willis on this journey, spoofing “Law & Order” and exploring stereotypes that plague the industry along the way.
In addition to writing “Interior Chinatown” (which picked up the 2020 National Book Award for fiction last November) and the 2010 novel “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe,” Yu has also worked as a story editor and writer on the HBO series “Westworld.”
You can find our reading schedule below. Be sure to check the newsletter for discussion questions and special surprises. We will also continue our celebration of the Ballerina Book Club Classic pick “Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin.
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~ Reading Schedule ~
April 1: Act I and II
April 8: Act III
April 15: Act IV and V
April 22: Act VI
April 29: Act VII
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