2018 BHLE Authors
Min Jin Lee
Min Jin Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the United States when she was seven years old. She grew up in Queens, New York. A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, she studied history at Yale College, then received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. After practicing for two years, she began writing full time. She lived in New York with her husband and son until 2007 then spent several years in Japan, researching and writing her second novel Pachinko. She lives in New York with her family.
Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko was a finalist for the National Book Award and on numerous “Top 10 Books of the Year” lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, BBC, and the New York Public Library. A New York Times bestseller, Pachinko was on over 75 “Best Books of the Year” lists globally, including NPR, PBS, CNN, Financial Times, New Statesman, and The Irish Times. Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires was a “Top 10 Books of the Year” for The Times, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts and One Story. Her writings about global affairs, books, travel, and food have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Conde Nast Traveler, The Times of London, Vogue, Travel + Leisure, Wall Street Journal, and Food & Wine. She served as a columnist for The Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s leading newspaper for three seasons. She received the Guggenheim Fellowship (Fiction), the NYFA Fellowship (Fiction), the Peden Prize from The Missouri Review for Best Story, and the Narrative Prize for New and Emerging Writer. Lee is currently researching and writing her third novel, American Hagwon, which explores the role of education for Koreans around the world for her diaspora trilogy “The Koreans,” which includes, Free Food for Millionaires (2007) and Pachinko (2017).
Mira T. Lee
Mira T. Lee’s work has been published in numerous quarterlies and reviews, including The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and Triquarterly. She was awarded an Artist’s Fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2012, and has twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. She is a graduate of Stanford University, and currently lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is her debut novel.
Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for more than fifteen years.
She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms.
The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction, was a New York Times Bestseller, and shortlisted Madeline for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant number 1 New York Times bestseller. Her work has been translated into over twenty-five languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek, and her essays have appeared in a number of publications including the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Lapham’s Quarterly and NPR.org. She currently lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kamila Shamsie is the author of several previous novels, including Broken Verses and Burnt Shadows. Her novel Home Fire won the 2018 Orange Prize, an award which Kamila has twice been a finalist for. She has been a finalist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, among other honors, and has been named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She was raised in Karachi and lives in London.
Joan Silber is the author of eight books of fiction. The most recent, Improvement, is the winner of the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was listed as one of the year’s best books by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The Seattle Times, and Kirkus Reviews. Her previous book, Fools, was long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Other works include The Size of the World, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and Ideas of Heaven, finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. She lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.
Luis Alberto Urrea
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his landmark work of nonfiction The Devil’s Highway, Luis Alberto Urrea is also the bestselling author of the novels The Hummingbird’s Daughter,Into the Beautiful North, and Queen of America, as well as the story collections The Water Museum, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist. He has won the Lannan Literary Award, an Edgar Award, and a 2017 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among many other honors. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, he lives outside of Chicago and teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
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