Author Series - Simon Han

Graphic with image of author Simon Han and the cover of Nights When Nothing Happened

Author Simon Han will discuss his novel “Nights When Nothing Happened” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, via Zoom. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Copies of his book may be purchased from The Dock.

About 'Nights When Nothing Happened'

From the outside, the Chengs seem like so-called model immigrants. Once Patty landed a tech job near Dallas, she and Liang grew secure enough to have a second child, and to send for their first from his grandparents back in China. Isn’t this what they sacrificed so much for? But then little Annabel begins to sleepwalk at night, putting into motion a string of misunderstandings that not only threaten to set their community against them but force to the surface the secrets that have made them fear one another. How can a man make peace with the terrors of his past? How can a child regain trust in unconditional love? How can a family stop burying its history and forge a way through it, to a more honest intimacy?

The novel has been named a Best Book of the Year by TIME, The Washington Post and Harper's Bazaar.

About the Author

Simon Han was born in Tianjin, China, and raised in various cities in Texas. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic,  Virginia Quarterly Review,  GuernicaElectric LiteratureLit Hub and The Texas Observer. He has received awards from MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and Vanderbilt University, where he earned his MFA. A former visiting professor at the University of Tulsa, he currently lives in Carrollton, Texas.


  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM