Meet the Author of 'How I Became a North Korean'
It's one of Oprah's 15 Books to Pick Up This September. Krys Lee's new book 'How I Became a North Korean' is a smashing fictional novel of the North Korean refugee experience that reads like non-fiction. It's probably because author Lee has worked tirelessly and quietly with the North Korean community out of her own philanthropic mission. Now she tells versions of the stories of their lives that ask why we risk our lives to help people we don't know. Lee's writing has been described as 'unflinching' and 'roughly elegant'.
If you're lucky to be in Seoul, you have a chance to meet her at a book reading and talk this Friday at What the Book in Itaewon. Lee does book tours, but she says she doesn't like public speaking. She doesn't do as many public appearances as she probably gets offered though it seems like she's always in the public eye. Nonetheless, she is a phenomenal speaker as well as writer so this is a chance that shouldn't be missed!
If you can't make it to the event, get a copy of her book above. And check out this amazing interview that shows more of her thought process and personal history that has created her unique voice. She was bashful about sharing so much but I think it only shows proof of the strength of her character.
You can also check out her first book, 'Drifting House', which also has some of the same haunting and intimate voice that is becoming her hallmark.