CORVALLIS, Ore. – Novelist Chang-rae Lee will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Chang-rae Lee is the author of the novels “Native Speaker,” “A Gesture Life,” “Aloft” and “The Surrendered,” which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His most recent novel, “On Such a Full Sea,” won the Heartland Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. His writing has also appeared in many national publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, Condé Nast Traveler, and Food & Wine.

Lee is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Book Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, ALA Notable Book of the Year Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award and the NAIBA Book Award for Fiction. In 2000 he was named by The New Yorker as one of the 20 Writers for the 21st Century. He has also won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and The American Academy in Rome.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lee emigrated to the United States at the age of 3. He holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Oregon. Lee taught at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University from 2002 to 2016, and currently serves as the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor at Stanford University.

This reading is part of the 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music.

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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Michelle Klampe, 541-737-0784, [email protected]


Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, [email protected]

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