Wednesday, January 20, 5:00 p.m.
Catherine Chung's debut novel, Forgotten Country, has received widespread acclaim, including the San Francisco Chronicle's Best Book of 2012 and honorable mention for the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award. New Yorker Magazine called it an "unflinchingly honest examination of grief, anger, familial obligation, and love." Chung is currently working on The Tenth Muse, which she will read from at this event. The Tenth Muse is a novel that explores history and math and physics, as well as the life of Emmy Noether, and issues of race, gender, war, and the inextricable links between seemingly distant and unrelated stories, lives, and ideas.
Chung was born in Evanston, IL, and grew up in New York, New Jersey, and Michigan. Writing has been her life-long passion, but as an undergraduate she indulged in a brief, one-sided affair with mathematics at the University of Chicago, followed by a few years in Santa Monica working at a think tank by the sea. Eventually she attended Cornell University for her M.F.A. She is the recipient of a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing, a Granta New Voice, and a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. In addition to being a Director's Visitor and Visitor (2015-16) in Interdisciplinary Studies, Chung has held residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Camargo Foundation. Chung is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Adelphi University and currently lives in New York City.