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Celeste Ng is a celebrated author known for her best-selling novels, including "Everything I Never Told You" (2014) and "Little Fires Everywhere" (2017), which was adapted as a limited series on Hulu, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Literary page-turners, Ng's novels delve into the intricacies of family dynamics, suburban life, and the complex issues of race in America.
Recognized as "a singular force of literary activism," Ng passionately supports the endeavors of fellow writers and is a vocal advocate for social justice causes. She popularized the impactful social media campaign, #SmallActs, which serves as an inspiration for rallying support for marginalized communities. In 2020, she collaborated with the nonprofit organization We Need Diverse Books to establish grants aimed at empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds pursuing careers in publishing.
Her most recent novel, "Our Missing Hearts" (2022) has just been released in paperback and vividly illustrates the transformative power of storytelling and literature in an America marked by a backdrop of anti-Asian violence and nationalism.
Ng's early years were shaped by her upbringing in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She holds degrees from Harvard University and the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan, where she earned an MFA. Ng has garnered numerous accolades including the Pushcart Prize, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.
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