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Education :: Lecture
WCC Speaker Series: Min Jin Lee
7:30 PM
Wachholz College Center
WCC Speaker Series: Min Jin Lee Description:
About Min Jin Lee
Lee is a writer whose award-winning fiction explores the intersection of race, ethnicity, immigration, class, religion, gender, and identity of a diasporic people. Pachinko, her second novel, is an epic story which follows a Korean family who migrates to Japan; it is the first novel written for an adult, English-speaking audience about the Korean-Japanese people. Pachinko was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. A New York Times Bestseller, Pachinko was also a Top 10 Books of the Year for the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the New York Public Library. Pachinko was a selection for “Now Read This,” the joint book club of PBS NewsHour and The New York Times. It was on over 75 best books of the year lists, including NPR, PBS, and CNN. Pachinko has been translated into over 35 languages and is an international bestseller. President Barack Obama selected Pachinko for his recommended reading list, calling it, “a powerful story about resilience and compassion.”

Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires (2007) was a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, USA Today, and a national bestseller. She recently edited The Best American Short Stories 2023 (Mariner Books, October 17, 2023).

Min Jin Lee is a recipient of fiction fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Monmouth College. She is a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College. She was inducted in the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame, and the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. She has been awarded South Korea's Manhae Grand Prize for Literature, the Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award, and the Samsung Happiness for Tomorrow Award for Creativity from South Korea. She serves as a trustee of PEN America and as a director of the Authors Guild. She is currently at work on Name Recognition: A Memoir of Visibility and Voice, and is researching and writing her third novel, American Hagwon, which will complete “The Koreans” trilogy.
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Wachholz College Center
Address: 795 Grandview Drive Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: 406-756-1400

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