Sofija Stefanovic: Miss Ex-Yugoslavia
Monday April 23: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
From writer and storyteller Sofija Stefanovic comes a humorous and candid memoir about duality and not fitting in anywhere, in as many ways as you can imagine. Born in socialist Yugoslavia and partially raised in the much less politically turbulent Australia, Sofija has lived a liminal existence, stuck between two countries that don’t quite embrace her in full. Speckled with tales of youthful rebellion, totalitarian politics, and warlords, Miss Ex-Yugoslavia paints a vivid picture of the love-hate relationship Sofija has with her native culture, and the constant state of being caught in the middle.
Join us in the Rare Book Room as Sofija shares her story with National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko!
Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer and storyteller based in Manhattan. She hosts the popular literary salon, Women of Letters New York, and This Alien Nation—a monthly celebration of immigration. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Guardian.com, and Elle.com, among others. See more at SofijaStefanovic.com and @SStefanovic.
Min Jin Lee's Pachinko (Feb 2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017, a USA Today Top 10 Books of 2017, and an American Booksellers Association's Indie Next Great Reads. Her debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the "Top 10 Novels of the Year" for The Times (London), NPR's Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts. Her writings have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, The Times (London), Vogue, Travel+Leisure, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, and Food & Wine. Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely. She served as a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea. She lives in New York with her family. (Photo by Min Jin Lee)