Author Talk - Eugenia Kim

Southeast Library

Author Talk - Eugenia Kim

"The Calligrapher's Daughter"

Capitol Hill neighborhood resident Eugenia Kim will be reading from her novel The Calligrapher’s Daughter at the Southeast Neighborhood library on Thursday, June 10, at 2 p.m.

Eugenia Kim is the daughter of Korean immigrant parents who came to America shortly after the Pacific War. She has published short stories and essays in journals and anthologies, including Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writings, and is an MFA graduate of Bennington College. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son.

The Calligrapher’s Daughter is her first novel:  a sweeping debut novel, inspired by the life of the author’s mother, about a young woman who dares to fight for a brighter future in occupied Korea.  In early-20th-century Korea, Najin Han, the privileged daughter of a calligrapher, longs to choose her own destiny. Smart and headstrong, she is encouraged by her mother—but her stern father is determined to maintain tradition, especially as the Japanese steadily gain control of his beloved country.

The Calligrapher’s Daughter won the 2009 Borders Original Voices Award.   Eugenia Kim recently traveled to Australia and South Korea on a book tour, and the publisher has released the paperback version earlier than scheduled.