Imagine On Air presents Michelle Zauner

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Wordfest's Imagine On Air is thrilled to present Indie pop star Michelle Zauner (Japanese Breakfast) with her bestselling memoir about family, grief, and food, Crying in H Mart.  The one-hour conversation will start at 7:00 PM MT and will be hosted by Lainey Lui (@LaineyGossip). (The pre-show will begin at 6:50 PM.)

The livestream broadcast on is free. Just click “RSVP” and you’ll be automatically registered and receive a pre-show reminder. We’ll also send you our unique Digital Doggie Bag the next day with links and extras inspired by the conversation.

We’re grateful to Penguin Random House Canada for making it possible for us to connect you with Michelle Zauner.

About Michelle Zauner

Michelle Zauner is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for releases like Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017).

About Crying in H Mart

I read Crying in H Mart with my heart in my throat. In this beautifully written memoir, Michelle Zauner has created a gripping, sensuous portrait of an indelible mother-daughter bond that hits all the notes: love, friction, loyalty, grief. All mothers and daughters will recognize themselves and each other in these pages.” Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance

From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humour and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food. 

As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band – and meeting the man who would become her husband – her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner’s voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

About Host Lainey Lui

Elaine “Lainey” Lui is the founder and Editor of, co-host of CTV's daytime talk show “The Social”, and a reporter on CTV's “etalk.” Lui has covered the Red Carpet at the Oscars, SuperBowl XLII, Cannes, and Toronto International Film Festivals, and other top tier events worldwide, and is regularly called upon by various media outlets including CNN, CBC, and CTV News as one of Canada's top celebrity and pop culture experts. In 2014, Lui became a best-selling author with her memoir Listen to the Squawking Chicken.

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @LaineyGossip.



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