Yoon Choi with Adam Johnson
Virtually joining us, we believe, from her southern California home, is Yoon Choi with her extraordinary debut book of stories, Skinship (Knopf). These stories focusing on different Korean American families and different entrees into U.S. life, are surprising and startling, the seeming small universe of a ‘story’ writ large in almost novelistic terms in these pieces.
“Yoon Choi writes with astounding precision and grace. These stories are filled with unflinching moments, so raw yet so true to life. The American experience is encapsulated here and imbued with a rare freshness. I was enthralled not only by the families, parents, and children of Choi’s masterful creation but also by the courage and strength I found on the page.” —Weike Wang.
“Yoon Choi’s beautiful debut story collection bring[s] a rich and engaging new voice to contemporary American letters. With refreshing amplitude, patience, and (dare I say) wisdom, Choi’s stories explore the complexities of her characters’ diverse experiences . . . In each story, Choi evokes a world entire . . .” —Claire Messud, Harper’s.
“To encounter these achingly truthful, beautiful stories of newcomer Americans is like gazing up at the starry vault of a perfect night sky; it’s immediately dazzling and impressive, and yet the closer and deeper you look, the more you appreciate the sheer countless brilliance.” —Chang-rae Lee.
Joining Yoon Choi for this evening will be National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson, whose books include The Orphan Master’s Son and, most recently, Fortune Smiles. He has received numerous other honors, and is presently professor of creative writing at Stanford University.