HFU Distinguished Writer Series Presents
An Evening with R.O. Kwon
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
6:30 pm | Reception with refreshments
7:00 pm | Program
Education and Technology Center (ETC) Auditorium
Presented by the School of Arts and Sciences
R.O. Kwon, a bestselling American author, will be the second speaker in Holy Family University’s Distinguished Writers Series. An American author who was born in South Korea, R.O. Kwon’s was called one of “four writers to watch” by the New York Times, even before the 2018 release of her nationally bestselling first novel, The Incendiaries.
The story of a woman who becomes involved with a cult of extremist Christians, The Incendiaries is inspired by Kwon’s own life experiences. It has been translated into seven languages and was named a best book of the year by over 40 publications. The Incendiaries is the winner of the Housatonic Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award for Best First Book, the Los Angeles Times First Book Prize, and the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fiction Prize.
Kwon’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Paris Review, Buzzfeed, New York Magazine, NPR, and elsewhere. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
She attended Yale University. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College.
The HFU Distinguished Writers Series is dedicated to promoting diversity, social awareness, critical thinking, as well as furthering Holy Family University’s mission and core values of community, respect, integrity, experiential learning, vision, and service.