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Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li was born and raised in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. She is the author of six works of fiction—Must I Go, 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, all from Random House. She is 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 is also an editor of the Brooklyn-based literary magazine A Public Space. Ms. Li teaches at Princeton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

  • 2006