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Her First Novel Is Already Making Waves– Now, Hear from R.O. Kwon at This Release Party

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Join the American Writers Museum in welcoming R.O. Kwon to the museum tomorrow, July 31st. During this event, the author will present her acclaimed debut novel The Incendiaries, which was named the best book of the year by more than 40 publications. Kwon is joined by author Nami Mun, whose first book Miles From Nowhere won multiple awards and led to Mun being named 2009's Best New Novelist by Chicago Magazine. Books will be sold and signed following the discussion.

The Incendiaries is a powerful, darkly glittering novel about violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young Korean American woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea. This novel, which The Guardian called "a startlingly assured book by an important new writer," is a fractured love story and a brilliant examination of the minds of extremist terrorists, and of what can happen to people who lose what they love most.

The novel is being translated into five languages and is an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Great Read, as well as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Award for Best First Book, Los Angeles Times First Book Prize, and Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fiction Prize. In addition, The Incendiaries are nominated for the Aspen Prize and American Library Association Carnegie Medal.

R.O. Kwon's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Paris Review, Vice, BuzzFeed, NPR's "Selected Shorts," and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Born in South Korea, she has mostly lived in the United States.

Hear from this important new novelist at the American Writers Museum on Wednesday, July 31st! The event is free for AWM members, $6 for member guests, and $12 for non-members. For more information, visit www.americanwritersmuseum.org.

At 444 Social Apartments in Lincolnshire, Illinois, we find it important to attend events that stray from your typical routine. With that being said, we hope that this event will add something unique to your day. Be sure to check it out!

Event Time/Date:
Wednesday, July 31, 2019—6:30 PM

Event Venue Location:
American Writers Museum
180 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60601

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