Thanks to the generous financial support of the Lies, Light, McCarthy Visiting Author Program, Stuart was able to host its first virtual Visiting Author Program with award-winning author Yiyun Li on Monday, May 18. Ms. Li started the day with Stuart students by hosting a reading of her book based on the ancient epic poem "The Legend of Gilgamesh" followed by a Q & A with fourth through eighth grade students. During lunch, Senior Scholars from the Upper School had the opportunity to attend a workshop with Ms. Li to discuss her work and reflect on their aspirations as writers. The day culminated with a reading of Ms. Li's book followed by a Q & A with Upper School students.
Although we were unable to meet this year's Visiting Author in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Stuart remains committed to providing the best academic experiential learning opportunities for students. We are pleased to share a recording of Yiyun Li's session with the Upper School below.
Yiyun Li is the author of six books, including two story collections, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl; three novels, The Vagrants, Kinder Than Solitude, Where Reasons End; and an essay collection, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages.
Li was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2010, and was chosen by The New Yorker as one of the 20 fiction writers under 40 to watch. Awards for Li's work include: Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, the Guardian First Book Award, Asian American Literary Award for fiction, Benjamin H. Dank Award from American Academy of Arts and Letters, Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, and others. "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers," an independent film directed by Wayne Wang and adapted by Li from her short story, was the winner of Golden Shell for best film, 55th San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Since 2008, Stuart's Lies, Light, McCarthy Visiting Author Program has brought some of the best contemporary writers to campus. Every year, the works of our Visiting Author are integrated into the curriculum at all levels. Past visiting authors include: Sarah Kay, Firoozeh Dumas, Juan Felipe Herrara, Tracy K. Smith, Mark Salzman, Jane Hirshfield, Edwidge Danticat, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Paul Muldoon. For more information about the Visiting Author Program and past authors please visit www.stuartschool.org/