NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford has been selected to host award-winning authors Chen Chen and Rebecca Makkai for a conversation at the New Bedford Free Public Library.

The event will take place Thursday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the third-floor meeting room of the New Bedford Free Public Library on 613 Pleasant Street as part of AHA! Night.

The conversation is part of the National Book Awards Foundation's NBF Presents: Summer with the National Book Awards, bringing National Book Awards-honored authors to libraries across the country.

The library will be featuring a conversation with poet Chen Chen ( When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, National Book Award Longlist) and novelist Rebecca Makkai ( The Great Believers, National Book Award Finalist) on narratives spanning Chinese-American millennials to the height of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago.

The event will be moderated by Joseph O. Legaspi who is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago. His works have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, World Literature Today, Best of the Net, and the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day.