Yiyun Li

in conversation with Elizabeth McCracken

Saturday, August 8
7:00est/4:00pst

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Yiyun Li‘s new novel Must I Go tells the story of a woman reflecting on her uncompromising life, and the life of a former lover.

She is the author of the novels Where Reasons End, Kinder Than Solitude, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl—and the memoir Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. She is also the recipient of many awards, including a PEN/Hemingway Award, a PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and a Windham-Campbell Prize, and was featured in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 fiction issue.

Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories, among other publications. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of six books: Here’s Your Hat What’s Your HurryThe Giant’s House, Niagara Falls All Over AgainAn Exact Replica of a Figment of My ImaginationThunderstruck & Other Stories, and Bowlaway.  She’s received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Liguria Study Center, the American Academy in Berlin, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Thunderstruck & Other Stories won the 2015 Story Prize.

She has taught creative writing at Western Michigan University, the University of Oregon, the University of Houston, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  She holds the James A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas, Austin, and boy are her arms tired.

“… loneliness is as delusive a belief in the pertinence of the world as is love: in choosing to feel lonely, as in choosing to love, one carves a space next to oneself to be filled by others – a friend, a lover, a toy poodle, a violinist on the radio.”

– Yiyun Li, Kinder Than Solitude

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

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    Do think it’s useful to classify yourself as a certain type of writer — as a woman-writer for example, or as a writer from a very particular cultural reference point? Put another way: what should readers come thinking about you before they begin reading?

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    Are your goals for each new book different? Do they change as you write them?

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    What is different about “Must I Go” from your other novels? What inspired it?

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    Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction?

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    “Where Reasons End” speaks to the worst nightmare of every mother, one you have experienced. Why did you choose to write it as one draft? Was that very simbolic for you?

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    You were born in 1972 in the shadow of the Cultural Revolution. What was your childhood like? How has that impacted your writing?

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    When did you first begin to write? Did you feel it just came naturally to you?

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