February 19, 2009               
Contact: Emanuel Costache ’09
Media Relations Intern

AMHERST, Mass.—Author Nami Mun will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.

Writer and poet Alexander Chee has described Mun as “easily one of the most important new talents in American fiction.” Her debut novel, Miles from Nowhere, which chronicles the life of a Korean immigrant teen living on the streets of New York in the 1980s, was described by People magazine as a “searing debut … [Mun] writes with lovely precision, lending a hallucinatory beauty to the bleak world she has created.” Peter Ho Davies called it “a starkly beautiful book, shot through with grace and lit by an off-hand street poetry.”

The recipient of a Pushcart Prize as well as many other honors, Mun was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up there and in the Bronx, N.Y. She now lives and teaches creative writing in Chicago.

Every year, the Amherst College Creative Writing Center sponsors a reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. All events are wheelchair accessible and followed by refreshments. For more information, please call 413/542-8200.