[Virtual] Ling Ma: Bliss Montage

Event graphic of Ling Ma next to an image of the cover of Bliss Montage
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 7:00pm
Virtual Event

This event is presented in partnership with Powell's Books (Portland, OR), Politics and Prose (Washington, D.C.), Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, MA), and Skylight Books (Los Angeles, California). 

Join us in celebrating Ling Ma’s new book Bliss Montage! She will be in conversation with Alexandra Kleeman. The event will include a moderated discussion and an audience Q&A.

  • This virtual event requires registration via Eventbrite. 
    • Start time: 7 P.M. 
    • Run time: 45-60 minutes.
    • Location: Zoom. 
  • Registration includes a TICKETED book bundle or a FREE registration option. 
    • If you select the book bundle ticket, the book will include a signed bookplate from Ling Ma (while supplies last).
    • Book ticket price includes domestic shipping cost. Your book will be mailed to you after the event. Sales tax and service fees will apply to the grand total.
    • No international book orders for this event. 
    • You must register to attend the Zoom webinar with the link provided in your confirmation email in order to access the event. 
  • There will not be a live stream or recording available.
  • BookPeople reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if necessary. 
  • If you have any other questions, please email us at online@bookpeople.com
  • NOTE: Because this is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom, you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access.


A new creation by the author of SeveranceBliss Montage crashes through our carefully built mirages.

What happens when fantasy tears the screen of the everyday to wake us up? Could that waking be our end?

In Bliss Montage, Ling Ma brings us eight wildly di?erent tales of people making their way through the madness and reality of our collective delusions: love and loneliness, connection and possession, friendship, motherhood, the idea of home. A woman lives in a house with all her ex-boyfriends. A toxic friendship grows up around a drug that makes you invisible. An ancient ritual might heal you of anything—if you bury yourself alive. These and other scenarios investigate the ways that the outlandish and the ordinary are shockingly, deceptively, heartbreakingly alike.


Ling Ma is a writer hailing from Fujian, Utah, and Kansas. She is the author of the novel Severance, which received the Kirkus Prize, a Whiting Award, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She lives in Chicago with her family.


Alexandra Kleeman is the author of the novel Something New Under the Sun, one of the New York Times’ Notable Books of 2021, Intimations, a short story collection, and the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, n+1, and The Guardian. She is an assistant professor at the New School and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction.

By purchasing a book from BookPeople, you are not only supporting a local, independent business—you’re showing publishers that they should continue sending authors to BookPeople.

Thank you for supporting Ling Ma, Alexandra Kleeman, and your local independent bookstore!