A Conversation With
Frances Cha

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, our first virtual event was held with emergent novelist Frances Cha, author of If I Had Your Face.

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May 26th


About the Event

On Tuesday 26th of May we held our first virtual event with emergent novelist Frances Cha. Frances recently published her first novel, If I Had Your Face, in April, to widespread critical acclaim. For many young writers, Frances isn’t far from where they might be now –– we hope her words provide inspiration and excitement in this difficult time. Our conversation with Frances took place via Zoom and touched on many topics, with focus on her experience as a new author, the value of storytelling, and, most importantly, her advice for younger writers. Frances also was kind enough to answer your questions directly via a Q&A after the conversation.

The link to our conversation with Frances can be found above, with the Q&A starting at the 30 minute mark.

About the Author

Before becoming an author by trade, Frances worked as an editor for CNN international –– her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, V Magazine, WWD, and The Believer, among other publications. She graduated with a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College, and has taught creative writing at Columbia University, where she received a Dean’s Fellowship. She currently lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters, and summers in Seoul, Korea.

About her Book

Frances’s first book, If I Had Your Face, was published in April of this year. If I Had Your Face chronicles the lives of four young women in Seoul, and parallels their stories, examining the absurd beauty standards and hyper-competitive urban existence of contemporary Korean women. Her book has been widely acclaimed –– including by the Washington Post, Newsday, Vogue, and the Korea times, among others.