Dear literature-loving friends,
We don’t normally hold a Yuba Lit reading in February, but when Krys Lee told me she would be visiting I could not pass up the opportunity to present her. Author of the internationally acclaimed novel How I Became a North Korean, Krys will read her work and answer audience questions on Thursday, February 22nd, at 7 p.m., at the Stone House in Nevada City. Seats for this reading—a rare U.S. appearance by a writer who lives in Seoul, South Korea, where she teaches at Yonsei University—will be limited to 40. We are requesting that audience members RSVP to save their seat by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with name and number of attendees. The $10 donation will be payable by cash or check at the door.
How I Became a North Korean received widespread and even solemn praise. Said the San Francisco Chronicle, “The more confusing and horrible our world becomes, the more critical the role of fiction in communicating both the facts and the meaning of other people’s lives. Krys Lee joins writers like Anthony Marra, Khaled Hosseini and Elnathan John in this urgent work.”
Krys’s novel follows three refugees—one the son of elite North Korean parents, one an American boy, and one a North Korean woman who sells herself into an arranged marriage—as they fight to survive in a small Chinese town just north of the North Korean border. The Guardian (UK) writes: “Lee has worked with North Korean refugees, and her hotly anticipated debut novel vividly captures the challenges faced by defectors.” The Financial Times calls How I Became a North Korean “a resonant response to political turmoil.”
Krys is also the author of the short story collection Drifting House, which was a finalist for the BBC International Story Prize. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize and the Honor Title in Adult Fiction Literature from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association. Her fiction, journalism, and literary translations have appeared in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Narrative, San Francisco Chronicle, Corriere della Sera, and The Guardian, among others.
But even with all her extraordinary accomplishments, Krys is first and foremost a warm and approachable person with a big heart. I was lucky to meet Krys when we both were studying in Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers and I’m so thrilled that our local community will have this special chance to meet her.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the Stone House offering a light-bites menu and no-host bar. The Stone House is located at 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. The $10 donation payable by cash or check at the door supports Yuba Lit’s production costs. Patrons are requested to reserve a seat by writing to email@example.com with their name and number of guests. Yuba Lit is a fiscally sponsored project of the Nevada County Arts Council, a not-for-profit organization. We’re tremendously grateful to our supporters. Donations can be made at this link: https://www.paypal.me/NevadaCountyArts/
I so dearly hope you can make it to hear Krys read and ask her your questions! She is an extraordinary human being and writer.
Yours in the love of literature,
Yuba Lit founder