Best-selling author Chang-rae Lee to read at Tulane

October 25, 2013

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444

Internationally acclaimed writer Chang-rae Lee, author of the best-selling book Native Speaker, will present a reading Nov. 14 at Freeman Auditorium on Tulane University’s uptown campus.

The reading, part of the English Department’s Writer’s Writer Series, begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The auditorium is located in the Woldenberg Art Center, just off Newcomb Place. After the reading, Lee will remain to sign books. 

Lee is a professor at Princeton University, where he has served as the director of the Program in Creative Writing. In addition to Native Speaker, his other works include the 2004 novel Aloft and the 2010 novel The Surrendered, a sprawling saga of the Korean War and its aftermath in America, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Lee's newest book, On Such a Full Sea, will be released in January.

Native Speaker explores themes of alienation and betrayal as felt or perpetrated by immigrants and first-generation American citizens.  The book, which Lee wrote in 1995, won numerous prizes, including the PEN/Hemingway Award.

James Wood, book critic for the New Yorker, called the novel “one of the first works of fiction by a Korean-America to describe, with subtlety and insight, the difficult hyphenation of immigrant experience.” It was followed in 1999 by A Gesture Life, which elaborates on Lee’s themes of identity and assimilation through the narrative of an elderly Japanese-American doctor who remembers treating Korean “comfort women” during World War II.

Chang-rae Lee is the sixth visitor in the Writer’s Writer Series. Other writers who have participated in the series include James Salter, Edmund White, Deborah Eisenberg, Sherman Alexie and Geoff Dyer.  This event is sponsored by a gift from Ajay Nagpal.

For more information, contact the Department of English at 504-865-5160 or email

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000