The Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo, will host a conversation with Katie Kitamura, one of The Telegraph’s “Five Young Novelists for 2013” and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 2 p.m.

Kitamura will discuss her newest book, “Gone to the Forest” (Simon & Schuster), which made the 2012 “best book” lists of The New Yorker, The Financial Times and The San Francisco Chronicle.

From the critically acclaimed author of “The Longshot” comes a gripping saga about the destruction of a family, a home, and a way of life. Set on a struggling farm in a colonial country teetering on the brink of civil war, “Gone to the Forest” is a tale of family drama and political turmoil in which fiery storytelling melds with daring, original prose.

Since his mother’s death, Tom and his father have fashioned a strained domestic peace, where everything is frozen under the old man’s vicious control. But when a young woman named Carine arrives at the farm, the tension between the two men escalates to the breaking point.

Katie Kitamura

Hailed by The Boston Globe as “a major talent,” Kitamura is based in New York and has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Wired, and The Guardian, and is a regular contributor to Frieze.

“The Longshot” (2009), her debut novel, follows a former mixed martial arts star and his longtime coach over the course of three fraught days as they prepare for his momentous comeback match. It is currently being developed into a feature film by actor/director/writer/producer Peter Berg.

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