Charles Yu is the author four novels, including Interior Chinatown, which won the 2020 National Book Award for fiction. The book is a satirical novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Author Emily St. John Mandel calls it “…wrenching, hilarious, sharp, surreal, and above all, original.”
His novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe was a New York Times Notable Book and a Time magazine best book of the year. He received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX and AMC.
His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired, which described his writing as “Entertaining . . . Like a friend who stops by unexpectedly with a bunch of mind-bending tales to share.”
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