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Min Jin Lee
In Conversation with David Roh

March 19, 2024

Time & Location: 7:00 p.m. | UMFA Dumke Auditorium 

Min Jin Lee headshot with the cover of her book "Pachinko"

Min Jin Lee is the author of the novels Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award, and runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Lee is the recipient of the 2022 Manhae Grand Prize for Literature from South Korea, the 2022 Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award, and the 2022 Samsung Happiness for Tomorrow Award for Creativity and fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is an inductee of the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame and the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Lee is a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College and serves as a trustee of PEN America and a director of the Authors Guild. She is at work on her third novel, American Hagwon and a nonfiction work, Name Recognition.​




David Roh, professor of English at the University of Utah, has authored two monographs and co-edited a collection. His works include Minor Transpacific: Triangulating American, Japanese, and Korean Fictions, published by Stanford University Press in 2021, which received an honorable mention in literary studies from the Association for Asian American Studies; Illegal Literature, published by University of Minnesota Press in 2015; and Techno-Orientalism, published by Rutgers University Press in 2015. He is currently working on Techno-Orientalism 2.0, under contract with Rutgers University Press. His work has been featured in Law & Literature, MELUS, Journal of Narrative Theory, and Verge.



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