Joynes Events: Novelist Chang-rae Lee
Thu, September 15, 2011 • 7:30 PM • Joynes Room, Carothers (CRD) 007, 2501 Whitis Ave. Enter through the east doors of the honors quad
The Surrendered, 2010
Novelist Chang-Rae Lee is a Korean American novelist and a professor of creative writing at Princeton University, where he has served as the director of Princeton's Program in Creative Writing. Chang-rae Lee is author of four acclaimed novels, including The Surrendered, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
Lee was born in Korea in 1965. He emigrated to the United States with his family when he was 3 years old. Lee earned an English degree from Yale and an MFA in writing from the University of Oregon. He worked as a Wall Street financial analyst for a year before turning to writing full time.
His first novel, Native Speaker (1995), won numerous awards including the PEN/Hemingway Award. The novel centers around a Korean American industrial spy, explores themes of alienation and betrayal as felt or perpetrated by immigrants and first-generation citizens, and played out in local politics. Lee published a second novel, A Gesture Life, which received the Asian American Literary Award in 1999. This book elaborated on his themes of identity and assimilation through the narrative of an elderly Japanese-American doctor who remembers treating Korean comfort women during World War II. His 2004 novel Aloft received mixed notices from the critics and featured Lee's first protagonist who is not Asian American, but a disengaged and isolated Italian-American suburbanite forced to deal with his world. It received the 2006 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His 2010 novel The Surrendered was a nominated finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Free and open to the public.
Contact the Joynes Reading Room at (512) 471-5787 or Matt Valentine for more information.
No RSVP is required to attend this event, although seating is limited and admission is not guaranteed.
The closest public parking is the garage at the corner of San Antonio Street and 25th Street.