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CANCELED: Asian American Studies Lecture Series: Min Jin Lee and Parul Sehgal

Min Jin Lee and Parul Sehgal, Author; The New York Times

April 29, 2020 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · 101 McCormick

Program in American Studies

Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, and Parul Sehgal, book critic for The New York Times, read and discuss in this series celebrating new Asian American writing. A reception and book sale and signing follow.

Min Jin Lee is a recipient of fellowships in fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018), the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard (2018-2019), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2000). Her novel “Pachinko” (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and among The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. A New York Times Best Seller, “Pachinko” was also among the 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 lists from NPR, PBS, and CNN. “Pachinko” will be translated into 29 languages. In 2019, Apple ordered to series a television adaptation of “Pachinko,” and President Barack Obama selected “Pachinko” for his recommended reading list, calling it, “a powerful story about resilience and compassion.”

Parul Sehgal is a book critic at The New York Times. She came to The Times in 2012. Her writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Bookforum, The New Yorker and Slate, among other publications. In 2010 she was awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle, and her TED talk on literature and envy has been viewed more than two million times. Her nonfiction interests range from science and technology to philosophy and religion.

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