Creative Writing Faculty
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.
“Creative Writing: Life, By the Book” | Princeton Alumni Weekly
“When We Were Happy We Had Other Names,” published in The New Yorker, October 2018. Read the story or listen to Li read aloud online at NewYorker.com
“Yiyun Li: What I Think” | www.princeton.edu, Dec. 10, 2018
“All Will Be Well,” published in The New Yorker, March 2019. Read the story or listen to Li read aloud online at NewYorker.com
Where Reasons End listed among Literary Hub’s “26 Books from the Last Decade that More People Should Read” | LitHub.com, Dec. 3, 2019
Where Reasons End included on several top books of 2019 lists:
- TIME Magazine — 10 Best Fiction Books of 2019
- New York Times — Critics’ Top Books of 2019
- NPR — Best Books of 2019
- The Irish Times — Guide to Best Books of 2019
- The Guardian — Best Books of 2019
- The Guardian — Best Fiction of 2019