Hilary Zaid, author of Forget I Told You This, in conversation with Pia Owens

Porter Square Books is delighted to welcome Hilary Zaid, author of Forget I Told You This, for an event in conversation with PSB Writer in Residence Pia Owens! This event will take place on Thursday, October 5 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, Ma 02140). 

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Winner of the Barbara DiBernard Prize in Fiction

Amy Black, a queer single mother and an aspiring artist in love with calligraphy, dreams of a coveted artist’s residency at the world’s largest social media company, Q. One ink-black October night, when the power is out in the hills of Oakland, California, a stranger asks Amy to transcribe a love letter for him. When the stranger suddenly disappears, Amy’s search for the letter’s recipient leads her straight to Q and the most beautiful illuminated manuscript she has ever seen, the Codex Argentus, hidden away in Q’s Library of Books That Don’t Exist—and to a group of data privacy vigilantes who want her to burn Q to the ground.

Amy’s curiosity becomes her salvation, as she’s drawn closer and closer to the secret societies and crackpot philosophers that haunt the city’s abandoned warehouses and defunct train depots. All of it leads to an opportunity of a lifetime: an artist’s residency deep in the holographic halls of Q headquarters. It’s a dream come true—so long as she follows Q’s rules.


Hilary Zaid has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, a James D. Houston Fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and two-time attendee of Tin House Writers' Workshop. Her work has appeared in Mother Jones, Ecotone, Day One, The Southwest Review, and The Utne Reader and elsewhere. Long-listed for the 2018 Northern California Independent Booksellers' Award for Fiction, her novel Paper is White is a 2018 Foreword Indies silver medalist and the winner of the 2018 Independent Publishers' Book Awards (IPPY) in LGBT+ Fiction. Her novel Forget I Told You This, is the inaugural winner of the Barbara DiBernard Award.

Pia Owens is the Porter Square Books Writer in Residence, ombudsperson of the Periplus Collective for BIPOC writers, and a Tin House Writers' Workshop attendee. She is also a data privacy and cybersecurity lawyer, and negotiation coach. Pia's work focuses on the experiences and devalued labor of marginalized people in the workplace, but in a fun way. She is currently writing a novel about queer women of color in artificial intelligence, and a nonfiction book on cooperative negotiation techniques. Learn more at www.piaowens.com.


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Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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Forget I Told You This: A Novel (Zero Street Fiction) By Hilary Zaid Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496235367
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2023


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