Women's Speaker Series: Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko

Thursday, September 28, 7 pm

WSS Min Jin Lee, 9/28/17

Fee: $31/$26 members - includes an autographed copy of Pachinko, refreshments from MKE Localicious, and admission to the sculpture garden. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

Margy Stratton, founder and executive producer of Milwaukee Reads produces this series of events featuring writers of particular interest to women.

Lynden Sculpture Garden's Women's Speaker Series and Boswell Books welcome Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, to the Lynden Sculpture Garden, Thursday, September 28, 7-9 pm.

About Pachinko

Pachinko is a tour de force following one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame and ruin them. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard- won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

There is a long and troubled history of legal and social discrimination against Koreans living in Japan. While writing Pachinko, Min Jin (who herself was born in Korea before moving to the United States) lived in Japan with her husband and son and interviewed dozens of ethnic Koreans about their family histories. Pachinko itself is a popular type of adult pinball game, which originated in Japan in the first half of the twentieth-century. Struggling to find their place in Japanese society, Sunja’s family finds work in the pachinko business and attempts to build their lives in a new land.

About the Author

Min Jin Lee's debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the “Top 10 Novels of the Year” for the Times (London), NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Her writings have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Times (London), Vogue, Travel + Leisure, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, and Food & Wine. Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely. She served as a columnist for Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea. She lives in New York City with her family. For more information, please visit her website at www.minjinlee.com, or follow her on Twitter @minjinlee11.

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