Lindsay Wong grew up in the Vancouver Lower Mainland with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the "woo-woo" -- Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of personal turmoil. From a young age, she witnessed the woo-woo's sinister effects; when she was six, Lindsay and her mother avoided the dead people haunting their house by hiding out in a mall food court, and on a camping trip, in an effort to rid her daughter of demons, her mother tried to light Lindsay's foot on fire.
The eccentricities take a dark turn, however when Lindsay starts to experience symptoms of the woo-woo herself. At once a witty and touching memoir about the Asian immigrant experience and a harrowing and honest depiction of mental illness, The Woo-Woo is a gut wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself. - Publisher
Lindsay Wong will read from her memoir, talk about her unique experience and take questions from the audience.
Lindsay Wong holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a MFA in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University in New York City. The Woo-Woo is her debut memoir. It was a finalist for the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, a finalist in the 2019 Canada Reads competition and is nominated for the 2019 Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize.
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