Yiyun Li, an alumna of both the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the English Nonfiction Writing Program, will read from Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, her new short-story collection, at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 South Dubuque Street in downtown Iowa City.
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The free event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University web site, www.writinguniversity.org.
Li was recently named a MacArthur Fellow. The award provides unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $500,000.
Li grew up in Beijing and came to the University 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, a PEN/Hemingway Award, a Guardian First Book Award, and the California Book Award for first fiction.
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.