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Book Signing / “Iron Widow” by Xiran Jay Zhao
February 8 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm PST
On Tuesday, Feb 08 at 2:30pm, join Massy Books, Penguin Random House Canada and Vancouver-based #1 New York Times bestselling sci-fi & fantasy author Xiran Jay Zhao for the in-person book signing of their book: Iron Widow (2021, Penguin Random House).
The signing will celebrate Zhao’s literary achievement, being the 2022 winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Awards. The event is free + open to all of our community.
The book signing will take place at the Massy Books store, at 229 East Georgia St in Vancouver.
Click here to purchase Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction for young adult readers.
The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.
When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.
To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.
XIRAN JAY ZHAO is a first-gen immigrant from small-town China who was raised by the Internet. A recent graduate of Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, they wrote science fiction and fantasy while they probably should have been studying more about biochemical pathways. You can find them on Twitter for memes, Instagram for cosplays and fancy outfits, and YouTube for long videos about Chinese history and culture. Iron Widow is their first novel.