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Lowell Lecture

Min Jin Lee: Pachinko

Date & Time

Feb. 24, 2021 at 7 p.m.


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Min Jin Lee

Presenting Organization

Boston College




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Min Jin Lee is the author of Pachinko (2017) and Free Food for Millionaires (2007). She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Monmouth College. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, NPR’s Selected Shorts, and One Story, amongst other publications, and her novel Pachinko is being adapted into a limited series for Apple TV. Lee is currently a writer-in-residence at Amherst College. In addition, she serves as a trustee of PEN America, and as a director of the Authors Guild.

Min Jin Lee will give a brief lecture and reading from her novel Pachinko. Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja’s life takes a sharp turn when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. This reading will be followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A.

Cosponsored by the American Studies and Asian American Studies programs.

*Please note this is a virtual event. Registration will open February 10, 2021.