Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee has received fiction fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018) and Harvard University's Radcliffe Center for Advanced Study (2018-2019). Pachinko (2017) was a National Book Award nominee for fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of 2017. Pachinko was a New York Times bestseller, as well as one of the BBC's and the New York Public Library's Ten Best Books of the Year, and a best foreign fiction pick for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It appeared on over seventy-five best-of-the-year lists, including NPR, PBS, and CNN, and was a selection for Now Read This, PBS NewsHour and the New York Times' combined book club. Pachinko will be available in twenty-seven different languages.

Lee's debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires (2007), was a national bestseller and was named one of the finest books of the year by the Times of London, NPR's Fresh Air, and USA Today. Lee worked as a Morning Forum columnist for the Chosun Ilbo in South Korea for three seasons. She was recognized one of Adweek's Creative 100 in 2018 for being one of ten writers and editors who are altering the national debate, as well as one of the Frederick Douglass 200 by the Guardian.

Monmouth College awarded her an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. From 2019 to 2022, she will be a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College.

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