Novelist Catherine Chung

Please join us for the first event in the Fall 2012 Hallie Ford Literary series, with a reading by novelist Catherine Chung on Thursday, September 27. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library and is free and open to the public.

Catherine Chung’s debut novel, Forgotten Country, was published to great fanfare last spring and has already been chosen as an Indie Next Pick, an O Magazine Must Read, and an Elle Readers Prize Pick. Beginning with the disappearance of a sister, the book traces a young woman’s journey through family history, secrets, and betrayal.Weaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one another.

A graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at Cornell University, Catherine is a Granta New Voice and is the assistant editor for fiction of Guernica Magazine.

About Forgotten Country, Publisher’s Weekly had this to say: “[A] beautiful debut novel…woven with tender reflections, sharp renderings of isolation, and beautiful prose….Chung simultaneously shines light on the violence of Korean history, the chill of American xenophobia, and the impossibility of home in either country.”

Read more about Catherine Chung here:

For more information, contact:

Scott Nadelson, Hallie Ford Chair in Writing

Willamette University