Chang-rae Lee’s dystopian novel, On Such a Full Sea, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014. Booklist praised the author, noting that Lee “brilliantly and wisely dramatizes class stratification and social disintegration, deprivation and sustenance both physical and psychic, reflecting, with rare acuity, on the evolution of legends and how, in the most hellish of circumstances, we rediscover the solace of art.”
Lee will read from and discuss his work in the annual William Gifford Lecture on Tuesday, November 8, 6:00pm, in Taylor Hall, room 203. This event is free and open to the public.
Lee is the author of the novels Native Speaker, A Gesture Life, and Aloft. His 2010 novel The Surrendered won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Among his many honors are a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award, and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year Award. His stories and articles have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, Conde Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, and many other publications. Lee, who has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and The American Academy in Rome, is the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor of English at Stanford University.
This event is sponsored by the English Department and the William Gifford Fund.
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