Nami Mun gives a reading from her novel Miles from Nowhere as part of Northwestern University's 4th Annual Writers' Festival, a three day series of literary events.
Nami Mun grew up in Seoul, South Korea and Bronx, New York. For her first book, Miles from Nowhere, she received a Whiting Award and a Pushcart Prize, and was shortlisted for the Orange Award and the Asian American Literary Award. Miles From Nowhere became a national bestseller within weeks of its publication and was selected as “Editors’ Choice” and “Top Ten First Novels” by Booklist, “Best Fiction of 2009 So Far” by Amazon, and as an Indie Next Pick. Chicago Magazine named her “Best New Novelist of 2009.”
Previously, Nami has worked as an "Avon lady," a street vendor, a photojournalist, a waitress, an activities coordinator for a nursing home, and a criminal defense investigator. After earning a GED, she went on to get a BA in English from UC Berkeley, an MFA from University of Michigan, and has garnered fellowships from organizations such as Yaddo, MacDowell, Bread Loaf, and Tin House. Her stories have been published in Granta, Tin House, The Iowa Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Evergreen Review, Witness, and elsewhere. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in Chicago.
Recorded Tueday, April 12, 2011 at Hilton Orrington Hinman Auditorium.