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Event: Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
When: Saturday, February 11, 4:00 pm
Where: The Odyssey Bookshop
Pachinko is a popular type of adult pinball game, which originated in Japan in the first half of the twentieth-century. Those who run and operate pachinko parlors, many of them of Korean ethnicity, are looked down upon socially, but some parlors can generate immense fortunes. Many Korean-Japanese families today have some original ties to the pachinko industry. Struggling to find their place in Japanese society, Sunja’s family finds work in the pachinko business and attempts to build their lives in a new land.
MIN JIN LEE’s debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the “Top 10 Novels of the Year” for the Times (London), NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Her writings have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Times (London), Vogue, Travel + Leisure, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, and Food & Wine. Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely. She served as a columnist for Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea. She lives in New York City with her family.