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PAGE TURNER is like the best girlfriend or boyfriend you never had: that hot unabashedly lefty  braniac with an awesome sense of humor.
PAGE TURNER is like the best girlfriend or boyfriend you never had: that hot unabashedly lefty braniac with an awesome sense of humor.
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Support PAGE TURNER: the Asian American Literary Festival on November 7, and choose rewards from a showcase of Asian American talent and accomplishment: coffees with Silicon Valley venture capitalists, custom-drawn comics, scripts from "The Office" and "30 Rock," cookbooks, walking tours of New York City Chinatown street food, CDs, movies, literary consultations with an agent from William Morris Endeavor, lessons from a national Sukodu champion, and more. Scroll down the side and see what of the amazing line-up tickles your fancy.

The only event of its kind, PAGE TURNER celebrates the stories and ideas of the Asian American literary community. We invite readers and writers of all backgrounds to come hear the brightest voices of American writing, politics and comedy: Ha Jin, Richard Price, Susan Choi, Monica Youn, Jennifer 8 Lee, Tao Lin, Tim Wu, Hari Kunzru, Das Racist, Hari Kondabolu, and nearly thirty other writers. We’re like the TED of Asian American literature, but with more booze and better battle rhymes!

Your investment will determine how big and ambitious we can make the celebration, how many underrepresented writers we can bring to the center of American letters this year. By creating an Asian American intellectual space that does not currently exist, PAGE TURNER shows that Asian American literature is alive. By committing to PAGE TURNER, you will send a message that says that you believe in the Pulitzer Prize winners of the future--and that you believe in nurturing the writers who will tell our childrens’ story and that of their children. Help inspire future generations and ensure that they too will know that their stories matter and deserve to be told. Visit http://www.pageturnerfest.org and http://www.aaww.org for more information.

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    Rare, back-issue copy of the Asian Pacific American Journal. PLUS your name on our website and a single-event pass for PAGE TURNER.

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    A signed book by Yiyun Li, Amitava Kumar, Jennifer 8. Lee, V.V. Ganeshananthan or another prominent Asian American author. PLUS your name on our website and one full-day pass for PAGE TURNER.

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    Lunch with political columnist and Daily Beast writer Reihan Salam at his favorite Bengali restaurant in New York City, Haveli. PLUS your name on our website and one full-day pass for PAGE TURNER.

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    Weekend group walking tour of New York City Chinatown street food with Jennifer 8. Lee, author of "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles," with a choice of at least three dates in Fall or Spring 2011, depending on demand and skeds. PLUS your name on our website and one full-day pass for PAGE TURNER.

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    Slate music critic, Atlantic Monthly blogger, and DJ Hua Hsu will hand-make you a special limited edition 'zine. PLUS your name on our website and one full-day pass for PAGE TURNER.

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    Signed 8.5"x11" photo print from Jennifer 8. Lee. Selection of prints from Cambodia and Malaysia at jennifer8lee.com, or other photos are negotiable. PLUS your name on our website and one full-day pass for PAGE TURNER.

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    Lunch for two with Cheryl Tan, author of "A Tiger in the Kitchen," and Chef Simpson Wong at Cafe Asean in NYC. Plus a signed copy of her new book. PLUS your name on our website and one full-day pass for PAGE TURNER.

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    Signed copy of New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas' upcoming book "India Calling," released January 2011, and a chance to meet with the author when he is in your city. PLUS your name on our website and one full-day pass for PAGE TURNER.

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    Five-star view of the Macy's Day Thanksgiving parade from a ninth-floor wrap around balcony at 6th avenue near Bryant Park for TWO, plus brunch with New York-style lox and bagels. PLUS your name on our website and one full-day pass for PAGE TURNER.

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    Pair of Knicks courtside tickets. Selection of dates from a season package. Contact us with questions. PLUS your name on our website and one full-day pass for PAGE TURNER.

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    Dumpling-making party hosted by Jennifer 8. Lee at your home for up to 40
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