Harvard lecturer Paul Yoon on his new story collection ‘The Mountain’

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 11:22 in Mathematics & Economics

This month, Paul Yoon begins his second year teaching fiction in Harvard’s Creative Writing Program. The son of South Korean immigrants, he is the author of the novel “Snow Hunters,” which won the 2014 Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library, and the 2009 story collection “Once the Shore.” In his new book of stories, “The Mountain,” characters touched by violence and loss search for a forward path. Until he started his five-year term as a Briggs-Copeland lecturer, Yoon moved on a near-annual basis. In a Gazette Q&A ahead of his Aug. 17 reading at Harvard Book Store, he spoke about the migratory nature of “The Mountain,” his writing habits, and why he judges a book by its cover. GAZETTE: Where did “The Mountain” come from? YOON: I was thinking about the amount of access we have to the world right now. Because of social media and our phones,...

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