BABEL: Min Jin Lee
[LITERARY] The signature events on Buffalo’s literary calendar are Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BABEL series, which for over a decade has brought some of the world’s best authors through town and molded itself into one of the most prestigious literary events in the country outside the confines of a college or university. As a sign of spring, BABEL is back with two events in the next month, beginning with a Wednesday, March 20 visit from the best-selling Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, author of the best-selling novel Pachinko. Lee’s family emigrated to Queens in 1976 when she was just seven. She attended Yale and received a law degree from Georgetown before turning to writing. Pachinko, a National Book Award finalist, earned her a Guggenheim fellowship, and topped many critics’ lists of the best books of 2017. It’s a piece of historical fiction spanning multiple generations of a Korean family living in exile in Japan between the 19th and 20th centuries, through periods of frequent racial hostilities stoked by political aggression and rhetoric. That familar place carved from the growing pains of an increasingly globally interconnected world that has recently incurred into American political discourse rather aggressively. Our friends at Just Buffalo tell us that, in its history, the BABEL series, “perhaps never [has] a featured book…reached this level of runaway success” as Lee’s Pachinko. So come out and hear this exciting new voice, one that can speak from experience to the moment that is itching the human soul.