Award-Winning Author Ha Jin Featured in Bryn Mawr’s Free Creative Writing Program Reading Series

Posted November 18th, 2010 at 1:15 pm.

pfa09_jin_9780307378682_aup_cAuthor Ha Jin, winner of the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, will read from his work on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodhart Music Room, Goodhart Hall, at Bryn Mawr College.

The reading is part of Bryn Mawr College’s Creative Writing Program Reading Series. All readings in the series are free and open to the public.

Jin’s latest collection of short stories, A Good Fall, was released in paperback this October.

“Ha Jin’s ear and eye for Chinese American life are acute, as is his sense of how one life can encompass a full spectrum of irony, desperation, and magic,” wrote Donna Seaman in reviewing the hardcover version of A Good Fall for Booklist.

Jin won the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his 1999 novel, Waiting. He received a second PEN/Faulkner Award for the 2004 novel War Trash, which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His collection Under The Red Flag won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the collection Ocean of Words was awarded the PEN/Hemingway Award. He has received three Pushcart Prizes for fiction and a Kenyon Review Prize.

Writing in The New York Times, Francine Prose says, “like Isaac Babel, Jin tells the reader precisely as much as is needed to make his deceptively simple fiction resonate on many levels: the personal, the historical, the political.”

Jin currently teaches creative writing at Boston University.

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