Adam Johnson, whose most recent novel is The Orphan Master's Son set in North Korea, discusses his work with UMKC Writer in Residence Whitney Terrell on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Johnson's work focuses on characters at the edge of society for whom isolation and disconnection are nearly permanent conditions.
According to the New York Times' Michiko Kakutani, running through Johnson's tales is "a melancholy melody of longing and loss: a Salingeresqe sense of adolescent alienation and confusion, combined with an acute awareness of the randomness of life and the difficulty of making and sustaining connections."
Johnson has published the short-story collection Emporium and the novel Parasites Like Us which won a California Book Award in 2003. His work has been published in Esquire, Harper's Magazine, and the Paris Review, as well as in Best New American Voices and Best American Short Stories.
Currently he is an associate professor in creative writing at Stanford University, where he founded the Stanford Graphic Novel Project and was named "one of the nation's most influential and imaginative college professors" by Playboy magazine.
The Writers at Work series is organized by Terrell and co-sponsored by the Writers at Work Roundtable and the UMKC English Department.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.