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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Oct. 17, 2011 – There will be a fiction-reading at Williams College by writer, Nami Mun, author of Miles from Nowhere, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Griffin Hall, room 3. The event is free and open to the public.
Mun’s first book, Miles from Nowhere, is a 1980s urban odyssey in which Joon-Mee, a 12-year-old Korean-American, leaves her troubled Bronx family for the life of a New York City runaway. The Boston Globe describes it as “Vivid and mournful…an emotionally upending story. Mun relays it all with a jarring honesty that makes the book both difficult to read and impossible to forget.” It received a Whiting Award and a Pushcart Prize, and was nominated for the Orange Prize for New Writers and the Asian American Literary Award. It was also selected as Editor’s Choice and Top Ten First novels by Booklist; Best Fiction so Far by Amazon, and as an Indie Next Pick. Chicago Magazine named her Best new Novelist of 2009. Her stories have been published in Granta, Pushcart Prize Anthology and Tin House.
Mun grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and the Bronx. She received her B.A. in English from the University of California Berkeley and her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award for fiction and the Farrar Prize for Drama.
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