Award-winning Novelist Chang-rae Lee to Speak on "The Art of Writing"

Part of Gene Barnett Literary Society Lecture Series

Teaneck, NJ (October 25, 2005)—On Wednesday, November 16, 2005, celebrated novelist Chang-rae Lee will be the featured speaker at the Gene Barnett Literary Society of Fairleigh Dickinson University. His topic is “The Art of Writing.”

Chang-rae Lee, who immigrated to the United States with his family from Korea at the age of three, has received numerous awards for fiction that explores the modern immigrant experience. Lee was selected by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best writers under forty.

Lee’s most recent novel, “Aloft,” was a New York Times 2004 Notable Book and has been compared to the work of John Updike and John Cheever. It was lauded for its powerful sense of life and richly drawn characters.

His first novel, “Native Speaker,” received six major awards, including the Hemingway Foundation/Pen award. It was selected by a committee of 21 bookselling and library professionals as the single book to be read and discussed throughout New York City in the “One Book, One New York” program.

Lee’s novel, “A Gesture Life,” also received high critical praise and was characterized as beautiful, solitary, and remarkably tender. It was selected by both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times as a 1999 notable book and compared to Ishiguro’s “The Remains of the Day.”

A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, Mr. Lee received his MFA degree from the University of Oregon. He is currently professor in the Council of the Humanities and Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University.

The November 16 lecture will be held in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, on the Hackensack side of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus. Admission is $10 for the general public and tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15 p.m. for the 8 p.m. lecture. There are no reserved seats or advance ticket sales, but groups of 15 or more should call 201 692 7032 to arrange group seating.

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