Awards & Honors

March 2012 – Awarded 21st Century Award by the Chicago Public Library

June 2011 - Selected to be a US Delegate by University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (Life of Discovery–US/China literary exchange)

November 2010 – Shortlisted for the Asian American Literary Award

October 2010 – Selected by New York Magazine’s Sam Anderson for Vulture Recommends

August 2010 – Selected as Theodore Morrison Fellow in Fiction forBread Loaf Writers Conference

June 2010 – Receives fellowship to The MacDowell Colony

May 2010 – Receives Honorable Mention in McSweeney’s Reader Survey 2010

February 2010 – Shortlisted and semi-finalist for 2010 Tournament of Books

January 2010 – Featured in Sunday Book Section of Chicago Sun Times

January 2010 – Shortlisted for 2010 Tournament of Books

December 2009 –  Selected for Booklist Editors’ Choice

December 2009 -  Longlisted for 2010 Tournament of Books

October 2009 – Wins a Whiting Award

(Select articles about the 2009 Whiting Awards in the NY Times, New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Reader)

September 2009 – Selected as one of Booklist’s Top 10 First Novels

September 2009 – Featured in Amazon’s Omnivoracious

July 2009 – Named “Best New Novelist” by Chicago Magazine

July 2009 – Selected for Amazon’s Best Fiction of 2009 (So Far) list

April 2009 – Shortlisted for Orange Award for New Writers (Read article in the Independent)

April 2009 – Selected for “Spring Reading For Your Bedside Table” by KPBS.org

April 2009 - Selected for “Top Shelf: Recommended Reading” by Book Passage/San Francisco Chronicle

February 2009 – Selected for “Adult Book Picks” by The Spartanburg Herald-Journal

February 2009 – Featured with Kyle Beachy and Frances de Pontes Peebles in Chicago Magazine

January 2009 – Reviewed on Eight Forty-Eight on Chicago Public Radio (Listen)

January 2009 – Selected by Chicago Magazine as a Noteworthy New Release (Read)

January 2009 – Reaches #4 on Denver Post’s Best-Sellers List (Read)

January 2009 – Reaches #5 on SF Chronicle’s Best-Sellers List (Read)

January 2009 – Selected as a “New Talent” in Daily Mail (UK) (Read)

January 2009 – Featured in Time Out Chicago (Read)

January 2009 – Mentioned in Vanity Fair (Hot Type)

January 2009 – Featured in Korea Daily (New York) (Read)

January 2009 – Selected for Amazon’s The Significant Seven – Best of the Month (Read)

January 2009 – Receives four stars and is a People Pick from People Magazine

January 2009 – Selected for New Voices in USA Today (Read)

January 2009 – Featured in Chicago Tribune (Read)

December 2008 – Selected for January 2009 Indie Next List (formerly Book Sense) (Read)

December 2008 – Featured in Writers Recommend section of Poets & Writers (Read)

December 2008 – Selected for Page One in Poets & Writers (Read)

December 2008 – Featured in Glamour magazine as a “Must Do” for January

December 2008 – Featured in Amazon’s Grownup School (Read)

December 2008 – Featured in French magazine Transfuge (Read)

October 2008Receives four stars in French Rolling Stone

October 2008 – Receives starred review from Booklist (Read)

October 2008 -  Featured in The Bookseller (Read)

September 2008 – Receives starred review from Library Journal

September 2008 – Selected for Festival America in Vincennes, France

September 2008 – Selected for “Moveable Feast” by NAIBA

August 2008 – Featured in Telerama Magazine (FR) (Read)

June 2008 – Publisher’s Weekly (see last page)

May 2008 – Featured on Amazon’s Omnivoracious (Read)

May 2008 – Selected by Book Expo America as an “Emerging Voice”

May 2008 – Selected by Book Expo America for “Editor’s Buzz” panel


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