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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Adam Johnson

Author Adam Johnson, who earned a Ph.D. in English at Florida State University, won a 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel The Orphan Master’s Son, which takes pace in North Korea, and the 2015 National Book Award for his story collection Fortune Smiles. He has also received the Whiting Writer’s Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Creative Arts. Johnson’s Pulitzer Prize citation called his book, “An exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.” He teaches creative writing at Stanford University.