Min Jin Lee is a writer of profound, exquisite power.

Her luminous novels explore “the power of ordinary people”, whose “plain, unimportant stories” tell us the story of the whole world. Her bestselling, magisterial epic Pachinko follows four generations of a poor, proud, immigrant Korean family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a homeland they never knew. 

Since its publication in 2017, Pachinko has been translated into 29 languages, appeared on 75 best books of the year lists, including the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017, and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. Barack Obama called it “a powerful story about resilience and compassion” and earlier this year, Apple ordered a television adaptation of the book.

Min Jin returns to Sydney to talk to Anton Enus about her acclaimed novels (Pachinko and Free Food for Millionaires), her literary career and her own immigrant experience as a Korean–American.

Join this brilliant storyteller and Festival favourite at Riverside Theatres on Monday 5 August.

Supported by the City of Parramatta

Min Jin Lee (International)

Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko is a New York Times bestseller and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017, a USA Today Top 10 Books of 2017, an American Library Association Notable Book, and an American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next Great Reads, among many other international accolades. It has been translated into 27 languages.

Min Jin's debut novel Free Food for Millionaires was a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today. It was a No. 1 Book Sense Pick, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Wall Street Journal Juggle Book Club selection, and a national bestseller.

Anton Enus (Australian)

Anton Enus

Anton Enus has been a news broadcaster for three and a half decades. He has worked as a news reporter, producer and presenter on two continents. He has been on assignment to numerous African states, including Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 1999 he has anchored SBS World News and has occasionally been a guest presenter on SBS Insight. His bucket list includes finishing that fiction manuscript that has for years been gathering dust in a drawer.