September 8, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- Novelist May-lee Chai, the Visiting Writer in the Creative Writing Center at Amherst College, will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at the college. The event, sponsored by the Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Of Glamorous Asians, Chai's forthcoming collection of stories and essays, Marilyn Krysl has remarked, "We're in the hands of a sophisticate with a piercing eye, a nuanced intelligence and a sprightly sense of irony." Chai's earlier work earned similar praise: her first novel, My Lucky Face, an intimate investigation of China's cultural revolution, was called "beautifully told." Her second book, The Girl from Purple Mountain, a family memoir that Chai co-wrote with her father, was nominated for a National Book Award in 2001. Chai's fiction and essays have been widely published in such places as the San Francisco Chronicle, ZYZZYVA and Missouri Review.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. More information is available at the center's Website