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The story of Bae Suah is true inspiration for anyone who’s still holding onto that dream of becoming a writer. The South Korean fiction writer has a degree in chemistry, worked a desk job and wrote only as an outlet for her creative interests until she decided to go all in. Today, she’s widely considered one of the most prominent and innovative authors in South Korea, all the more noteworthy an accomplishment because her works challenge, experiment and defy the conventions of traditional literature. Plots are fluid, tenses shift and literary tropes are discarded one after another, rendering her novels and short stories an undercurrent of gloomy realism, spiked with surrealist language and structure. Hear from the author herself as she discusses her background, process and new book Recitation at the Crow Collection of Asian Art (2010 Flora St.) during “Beyond the Book with Bae Suah,” presented in partnership with Deep Vellum Publishing. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, with tickets available for $10 online at


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