An Evening with Bestselling Novelist Min Jin Lee (Yale '90)

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In February 2017, author Min Jin Lee (Yale '90) released her second novel Pachinko to critical acclaim, and now Yale graduates in the Washington, DC area have a very special opportunity to spend an evening with the author, in conversation with Eugenia Kim (The Calligrapher's Daughter), on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Lee’s Pachinko is a national bestseller, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and a Washington Post hardcover fiction bestseller. Described as “luminous…a powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world" (Junot Diaz), Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea and continuing into a sweeping saga of a family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

The novel has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, Publishers Weekly Radio, and NPR’s Book Reviews. Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires (May 2007) was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Wall Street Journal Book Club selection, and a national bestseller; it was a Top 10 Novels of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today.

Min Jin Lee attended Yale College where she was awarded both the Henry Wright Prize for Nonfiction and the James Ashmun Veech Prize for Fiction. She attended law school at Georgetown University and worked as a lawyer for several years in New York prior to writing full time. Her fiction has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts and has appeared most recently in One Story. Her writings about books, travel and food have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Conde Nast Traveler, The Times of London, and the Wall Street Journal. Lee has lectured about writing, politics, film and literature at Columbia University, Stanford, Johns Hopkins (SAIS), Harvard Law School, Yale University, Ewha University, Waseda University, the American School in Japan, the Tokyo American Center of the U.S. Embassy and the Asia Society in New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong.


To attend, please purchase a copy of Pachinko through Amazon or Barnes & Noble and bring your receipt as proof of purchase. You can also purchase a ticket for $20 through this Eventbrite event and you will be given a copy of the novel upon arrival.


Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is at 1775 I Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006, next to the Farragut West and Farragut North metro stations. The conference room is located on the 7th floor. Please join us for a complimentary reception of hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and non-alcoholic drinks before the book reading and discussion.

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