Conversations with Authors - Chang-rae Lee (Virtual Event)

Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 4:00pm

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Virtual • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with R. O. Kwon

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


Chang-rae Lee's latest novel, My Year Abroad, is an exuberant, provocative story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure—and about the human capacities for pleasure, pain, and connection. 

Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly creative Chinese American entrepreneur who sees something intriguing in Tiller beyond his bored exterior and takes him under his wing. When Pong brings him along on a boisterous trip across Asia, Tiller is catapulted from ordinary young man to talented protégé, and pulled into a series of ever more extreme and eye-opening experiences that transform his view of the world, of Pong, and of himself. In the breathtaking, “precise, elliptical prose” that Chang-rae Lee is known for (The New York Times), the narrative alternates between Tiller’s outlandish, mind-boggling year with Pong and the strange, riveting, emotionally complex domestic life that follows it, as Tiller processes what happened to him abroad and what it means for his future.

Chang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction, as well as On Such a Full Sea, A Gesture Life, Aloft, and The Surrendered, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Chang-rae Lee teaches writing at Stanford University.

R. O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. The Incendiaries is her first novel, and it was named a best book of the year by over forty publications. Her writing is published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Paris Review, Buzzfeed, New York Magazine, NPR, and elsewhere. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States.

Chang-rae Lee photo by Michelle Branca Lee
R. O. Kwon photo by Smeeta Mahanti


Below, please find the link to purchase their books.


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My Year Abroad: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634574
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Native Speaker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573225311
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 1996

On Such a Full Sea: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632891
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - December 2nd, 2014

A Gesture Life: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573228282
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - October 1st, 2000

Aloft Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594480706
Availability: Special Order
Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2005

The Surrendered Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594485015
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2011

The Incendiaries: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213906
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - July 30th, 2019