Seven Samurai Swept Away (Deep Vellum Publishing) recounts South Korean writer’s Jung Young Moon’s time spent at an artist’s and writers residency in small-town Texas. In an attempt to understand what a “true Texan should know,” the author reflects on his outsider experiences in this most unique of places, learning to two-step, musing on cowboy hats and cowboy churches, blending his observations with a meditative rumination on the history of Texas and the events that shaped the state, from the first settlers to Jacky Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald, all while accompanied by a fictional cast of seven samurai who the author invents and carries with him.
Jung made his literary début in 1996 with the novel A Man Who Barely Exists. In 1999 he won the 12th Dongseo Literary Award with his collection of short stories, A Chain of Dark Tales. In 2012, he won the Han Moo-suk Literary Award, the Dong-in Literary Award, and the Daesan Literary Award for his novel A Contrived World. His short story collection A Most Ambiguous Sunday and Other Stories was published by Dalkey Archive in 2014. His novel Vaseline Buddha Deep Vellum Publishing) appeared in 2016.
Monday, October 28 at 11:30am to 12:30pm
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