Min Jin Lee


Min Jin Lee is a recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018), the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard (2018–2019), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2000). Her novel Pachinko (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017.

A New York Times Bestseller, Pachinko was also a Top 10 Book of the Year for BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the New York Public Library. Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires (2007) was a Top 10 Book of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, USA Today, and a national bestseller.

Her writings have appeared in The New Yorker, NPR’s Selected Shorts, One Story, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, Conde Nast Traveler, The Times of London, and Wall Street Journal.

In 2019, Lee was inducted in the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame. She received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Monmouth College. She will be a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College from 2019–2022. She serves as a trustee of PEN America and as a director of the Authors Guild.

Festival Years: 2022