PRIDE MONTH 2022: Malinda Lo presents Inside the Telegraph Club: On the Real History Behind Last Night at the Telegraph Club


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Malinda Lo is the New York Times bestselling author of Last night at the Telegraph Club, where sLily Hu, 11, can’t remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked past the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club . America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. As deportation threatens her father – despite his hard-won citizenship – Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day. Last night at the Telegraph Club is the recipient of the National Book Award, Stonewall Book Award, and Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, as well as Michael L. Printz and Walter Dean Myers Honors.

Born in Guangzhou, China, Malinda Lo immigrated to the United States as a child with her family and grew up near Boulder, Colorado. Although she always wanted to be a writer, she studied Economics and Chinese Studies at Wellesley College, where she earned her BA. She went on to earn an MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University. For several years she worked in LGBT media, writing about lesbian and bisexual women in entertainment, and received the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association in 2006.

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