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Lee said she’d planned for Boston to be a setting in her new book even before she moved here. “Boston is an epicenter of education,” she said. “People around the world want to come here to this city to be educated. You can’t not include Boston in this book.”

“Above all, I would like to create a welcoming space for non-writers and advanced writers to take greater risks in their written expression.” She hopes to help students “fall in love with the generative process,” she said. “Each draft teaches us more about what we want to say, and I would be happy if my students learned to see that in their work — that with their efforts, they are approaching who they are, what they want to say, and what they care about.”

The 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Runner-Up in Fiction: In Pachinko (Grand Central), Min Jin Lee brings the historical sweep of Dickens and Tolstoy to the saga of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family who, exiled from a homeland they never knew, fight to control their destinies in 20th-centuryJapan. As they encounter both catastrophes and great joy, the novel’s exceptional protagonists confront enduring questions of faith, family, and identity. Lee said: “The world is broken because we do not love enough. War, peace, and art require at least three elements: imagination, will, and action – and ironically, all three are enacted because men and women feel love. This is the central paradox – we love – the other, self, family, faith, or nation – and we use that love – of something, or someone, for anything – to justify our violence, compromises, and creation. We know that peace is far more difficult than war or art, because peace requires both forgiveness and restraint; so somehow, we must learn to love peace far more than war. If literature bears witness to true narrative and if it awakens compassion, reconciliation may indeed be possible. Where men and women have failed to love, literature may inspire greater love for all those we’d once thought we feared or hated. I write fiction because I believe that our love can refine our worse nature. I am deeply honored to join the Dayton Literary Peace Prize family of writers as we pursue our collective call toward global peace.”

RECOGNIZING THE POWER OF LITERATURE TO PROMOTE PEACE AND RECONCILIATION, DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2018 FINALISTS IN FICTION & NONFICTION Shortlist includes Sing, ,Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates; Winners to be honored at gala ceremony on October 28th Dayton, OH (August 14, 2018) – Recognizing the power of literature to promote peace and reconciliation, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation today announced the finalists for the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction. Inspired by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States. The Prize celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, justice, and global understanding. This year’s winners will be honored at a gala ceremony in Dayton on October 28th.

“History is the record of human imagination, will and decisions. I cannot imagine a greater team than the women and men of Apple, Media Res, William Morris Entertainment and the brilliant showrunner, Soo Hugh, to translate Pachinko, a novel of history, into a visual story for a global audience,” Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. “I am honored by their faith and feel confident of their powerful and ground-breaking vision in making history anew.”

Throughout 2018 – the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass – The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives are honoring 200 individuals whose modern-day work best embodies Douglass’s enduring legacy of social change. The Guardian is publishing the names of all 200 honorees – 10 each week – between now and November. Here, Christopher Petrella, director of advocacy and strategic partnerships at The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, speaks to one of the honorees, Min Jin Lee.
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