Paul Yoon with Rob Arnold
We’ve long been captivated by the haunting novels and short stories of Paul Yoon, whose novel, Snow Hunters, won the 2014 New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. He’s here tonight to read from Run Me to Earth (Simon and Schuster), a novel about three orphaned children trying to survive in chaotic 1960s Laos. After taking shelter in a field hospital, they become rescuers themselves, but the story is far from over.
"In another life, Yoon might have been a sculptor, carving the excess off his creations until they're perfect. In this decades-spanning examination of the survival of three orphans with the bad luck to have been born into the ruins of a battlefield, he's stretching his abilities while still writing with deliberate, almost vigilant care... Yoon's imaginative prose and affection for his characters make the story larger than a look at the ways people survive... Another masterpiece in miniature about the unpredictable directions a life can take."--Kirkus Reviews.
Paul Yoon’s books include The Mountain (a NPR Best Book of the Year) and Once the Shore, a New York Times Notable Book. Paul Yoon appears on our stage with Rob Arnold, Events Curator at Hugo House.
Co-presented with Hugo House (at the Elliott Bay Book Company).