Filmed February 11, 2013

The Korea Society and co-host a literary conversation and reception with three accomplished Korean-American writers: Catherine Chung, Eugenia Kim, and Yuliana Kim-Grant. These authors have written deeply personal and moving novels about loss, hope, and heritage and will share both their stories, as well as their characters’, with readings from their books. Each of these debut novels garnered critical acclaim:

Forgotten Country (2012) by Catherine Chung
"I was left utterly devastated by the wonder and heartbreak captured in these pages. Forgotten Country is overflowing with folktales and family secrets, with American and Korean traditions, with haunting prose and mathematical beauty. Here is a book to cherish, and to celebrate."
—Justin Torres, author of We The Animals

The Calligrapher’s Daughter (2010) by Eugenia Kim
"Eugenia Kim’s sweeping debut. . . rises tall from a riveting scene that begs to be read and re-read—as does her entire novel about the painful change that Japanese occupation and modern ways bring to traditional, ritualistic Korea. . . . "
—Geeta Sharma Jensen, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

A Shred of Hope (2011) by Yuliana Kim-Grant
"Each moment of Yuliana Kim-Grant's novel is strikingly unique and recognizably familiar. . . . Her compassionate but unflinting portrait turns the opaque rock of the lives of the Parks and the Pattersons into the translucent diamond formed by A Shred of Hope."
—Amazon Review

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