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FREE | Writers Block : Jung Yun

February 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST

Free
Writers Block - Jung Yun
Writers Block is a free virtual community event where you can personally engage with Korean American authors live!

About this event

Join us for our sixth edition of Writers Block – a free virtual community event dedicated to Korean American authors. You will be able to ask Jung Yun questions first-hand and get to know her story in an exclusive Zoom room. Limited spots available – RSVP now to save your spot!

 

This program is made possible by our monthly Storytellers Circle donors. Consider joining in order to keep events like this free!

 

*This event will be recorded and published afterward. If you would like opt out, you can disable your camera during the event*

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About Jung Yun:

Jung Yun was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. Her debut novel, Shelter was long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and a semi-finalist for Good Reads’ Best Fiction Book of 2016. A 2018 MacDowell fellow, her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post,Tin House, and others. She lives in Baltimore, and serves as an assistant professor at the George Washington University

 

About the book O Beautiful:

Elinor Hanson, a forty-something former model, is struggling to reinvent herself as a freelance writer when she receives an unexpected assignment. Her mentor from grad school offers her a chance to write for a prestigious magazine about the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota. Elinor grew up near the Bakken, raised by an overbearing father and a distant Korean mother who met and married when he was stationed overseas. After decades away from home, Elinor returns to a landscape she hardly recognizes, overrun by tens of thousands of newcomers.

Surrounded by roughnecks seeking their fortunes in oil and long-time residents worried about their changing community, Elinor experiences a profound sense of alienation and grief. She rages at the unrelenting male gaze, the locals who still see her as a foreigner, and the memories of her family’s estrangement after her mother decided to escape her unhappy marriage, leaving Elinor and her sister behind. The longer she pursues this potentially career-altering assignment, the more her past intertwines with the story she’s trying to tell, revealing disturbing new realities that will forever change her and the way she looks at the world.

With spare and graceful prose, Jung Yun’s O Beautiful presents an immersive portrait of a community rife with tensions and competing interests, and one woman’s attempts to reconcile her anger with her love of a beautiful, but troubled land.

Host/ Moderator Jay Oh:

Jay is board member of KoreanAmericanStory.org, as well as the Senior Director of Arts and Culture at the Korea Society. She has worked in publishing and non-profit art organizations in Greensboro, N.C., Minneapolis, and New York.

 

KoreanAmericanStory.org is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to capture, preserve and share stories of the Korean American experience.

https://koreanamericanstory.org/donate/

Details

Date:
February 16
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Cost:
Free
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Venue

Virtual Event

Organizer

KoreanAmericanStory.org

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