Lee, a deeply influential writer about race, class and immigrant life in America, sets his gripping and fiercely imagined new novel in a chilling dystopia, where abandoned post-industrial cities have been converted into forced labor colonies populated with immigrant workers. The fate of the world may lay in the hands of one nervy girl named Fan, a beautiful fish tank diver, who jolts the labor colony by running away. Join Lee and the story-bending author Charles Yu (How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe) for a conversation on alternate realities and the power of a riveting story to change the way we see the world.
Chang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction; A Gesture Life; Aloft; and The Surrendered, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Selected by The New Yorker as one of the “20 Writers for the 21st Century,” Lee is professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and a Shinhan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yonsei University.
Charles Yu is the author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, which was a New York Times Notable Book and named one of the best books of the year by Time magazine. He received the National Book Foundation’s "5 Under 35" Award for his story collection Third Class Superhero. His work has been published in The New York Times, Playboy, and Slate, among other periodicals. His most recent book is Sorry Please Thank You, and he is at work on his new novel, titled The Book of Wishing, forthcoming from Pantheon Books.