Conversations with Authors - Yiyun Li (Virtual Event)

Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 4:00pm

 

Saturday, August 8th • 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Yiyun Li

in conversation with Elizabeth McCracken


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

 

Yiyun Li's new novel, Must I Go, tells the story of a woman reflecting on her uncompromising life and on the life of a former lover, navigating the twin poles of grief and resilience with great candor and insight. She is the author of the novels Where Reasons End, Kinder Than Solitude, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, as well as the memoir Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. She is also the recipient of many awards, including a PEN/Hemingway Award, a PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and a Windham-Campbell Prize, and was featured in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 fiction issue. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories, among other publications. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of six books: Bowlaway, Here’s Your Hat What’s Your HurryThe Giant’s House, Niagara Falls All Over AgainAn Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, and Thunderstruck & Other Stories, which won the 2015 story prize. She’s received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Liguria Study Center, the American Academy in Berlin, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has taught creative writing at Western Michigan University, the University of Oregon, the University of Houston, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  She holds the James A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas, Austin, and boy are her arms tired.

 

Below, please find links to purchase their books.

 

 

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Must I Go: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399589126
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Published: Random House - July 28th, 2020

“One of our major novelists” (Salman Rushdie) tells the story of a woman reflecting on her uncompromising life, and the life of a former lover, in this provocative novel.


Where Reasons End: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781984817372
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Published: Random House - February 5th, 2019

A fearless writer confronts grief and transforms it into art, in a book of surprising beauty and love, "a masterpiece by a master” (Elizabeth McCracken, Vanity Fair).

"Li has converted the messy and devastating stuff of life into a remarkable work of art.”—The Wall Street Journal


Kinder Than Solitude: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812980165
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 20th, 2015

A profound mystery is at the heart of this magnificent new novel by Yiyun Li, “one of America’s best young novelists” (Newsweek) and the celebrated author of The Vagrants, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.


A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812973334
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 12th, 2006

Brilliant and original, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers introduces a remarkable new writer whose breathtaking stories are set in China and among Chinese Americans in the United States. In this rich, astonishing collection, Yiyun Li illuminates how mythology, politics, history, and culture intersect with personality to create fate.


The Vagrants: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812973341
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 16th, 2010

In luminous prose, award-winning author Yiyun Li weaves together the lives of unforgettable characters who are forced to make moral choices, and choices for survival, in China in the late 1970s. 

Shortlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 


Gold Boy, Emerald Girl: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812980158
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 27th, 2011

In these spellbinding stories, Yiyun Li, a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner, a MacArthur Fellow, and one of The New Yorker’s top 20 fiction writers under 40, gives us exquisite stories in which politics and folklore magnificently illuminate the human condition. A professor introduces her middle-aged son to a favorite student, unaware of the student’s true affections.


Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399589102
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 20th, 2018

In her first memoir, award-winning novelist Yiyun Li offers a journey of recovery through literature: a letter from a writer to like-minded readers.

“A meditation on the fact that literature itself lives and gives life.”—Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead


Bowlaway: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062862860
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Published: Ecco - November 5th, 2019

A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley

From the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century—nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fi


Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry: Stories (Art of the Story) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062873729
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ecco - February 5th, 2019

The singular, enchanting debut story collection from Elizabeth McCracken, now back in print as part of Ecco’s “Art of the Story” series, and with a new introduction from the author

Called “astonishingly assured” by The Guardian, the nine stories that make up Elizabeth McCracken’s debut story collection deal with oddball char


The Giant's House: A Romance Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385340892
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - October 30th, 2007

“McCracken mixes the proper amount of lunacy with exactly the right amount of sorrow. The blend is reminiscent of such late-20th-century treasures as The Accidental Tourist, The World According to Garp, or A Confederacy of Dunces.”—Denver Post


Niagara Falls All Over Again: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385336482
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - November 26th, 2002

By turns graceful and knowing, funny and moving, Niagara Falls All Over Again is the latest masterwork by National Book Award finalist and author of The Giant’s House, Elizabeth McCracken.


An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316027663
Availability: Backordered
Published: Back Bay Books - February 22nd, 2010

"This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending," writes Elizabeth McCracken in her powerful, inspiring memoir. A prize-winning, successful novelist in her 30s, McCracken was happy to be an itinerant writer and self-proclaimed spinster.


Thunderstruck & Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812987676
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 18th, 2015

WINNER OF THE STORY PRIZE • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NEWSDAY

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post  San Francisco Chronicle • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Miami Herald • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews