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CILC presents Professor Yiyun Li

Tuesday, January 15

King Hall, room 1001
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

CILC presents a public book event with UC Davis English Professor Yiyun Li. She is a celebrated Chinese American author who was named a McArthur Genius Award winner in 2010.

She will be reading from two of her books, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl: Stories (2010) and The Vagrants (2009), followed by a Q&A session with Professor Chander.

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and awards from Lannan Foundation and Whiting Foundation. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction; it was also shortlisted for Kiriyama Prize and Orange Prize for New Writers.

Her novel, The Vagrants, won the gold medal of California Book Award for fiction. She was selected by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists under 35, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under 40. MacArthur Foundation named her a 2010 fellow. She is a contributing editor to the Brooklyn-based literary magazine, A Public Space. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and their two sons, and teaches at University of California, Davis.

Lunch will be served.

For more information, please contact Uyen Le at