Novelist to read selections of her work at free event Sept. 27

Catherine Chung, the critically acclaimed author of “Forgotten Country,” will read from her novel as part of the Hallie Ford Literary Series on Sept. 27.

Weaving Korean folklore and history within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, “Forgotten Country” has been praised by The New Yorker as an “unflinchingly honest examination of grief, anger, familial obligation and love.”

The free event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the Hatfield Library.

The series, organized by members of Willamette’s English Department, features poets, novelists, short story writers and others, who are brought to campus each semester to meet with students and discuss the writing process.

During their visits, the writers read excerpts of their works through free, public events at the Hatfield Library. Past speakers have included novelist and essayist Meghan Daum, playwright Andrea Stolowitz and poet Keetje Kuipers.

Upcoming presenters include fiction writer Natalie Serber and poet Stephanie Lenox on Oct. 17 and poet David Biespiel on Nov. 14.