Coffee & Conversation with Spencer Wise
Join us on Tuesday, June 19th for a Coffee & Conversation with Spencer Wise to discuss his new book The Emperor of Shoes.
Wise's Boston-based family has been in the shoe business for generations. For the past 20 years his father has been in China designing shoes for the American market. In the summer of 2013, Wise lived and worked at the plant, interviewing workers and observing their dissatisfaction with a corrupt system. Around him factories closed, strikes broke out, and the government worked swiftly to shield any sense of unrest from the media.
From this raw material Wise has crafted an epic, propulsive, philosophically charged story about love, ambition and the push-pull effects of today's globalized world. The novel follows Alex, as he reluctantly assumes the helm of his family's shoe company, but his loyalty is challenged when he meets Ivy, a seamstress and pro-democracy organizer.
Born in Boston, Spencer Wise is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Texas at Austin. He recently won the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in nonfiction. His work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Florida Review, and New Ohio Review. Wise teaches at Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee.