A poster showing a photo of author James Han Mattson and the cover of his novel reprieve. Mattson is of Korean descent, has short black hair and wears glasses. The cover for the novel is a painting from the aerial view, showing a large, ominous house and a car approaching it on a pathway.

Jenny Mckean Moore Reading Series: Fiction Writer James Han Mattson

Author James Han Mattson will appear virtually to read from his newly released novel, Reprieve, and take part in a discussion about his work.

James Han Mattson was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in North Dakota. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has received grants from the Copernicus Society of America and Humanities North Dakota. He has been a featured storyteller on The Moth, and has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Cape Town, the University of Maryland, the George Washington University, Murray State University, and the University of California – Berkeley. In 2009, he moved to Korea and reunited with his birth family after 30 years of separation.

He is the author of two novels: The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves and Reprieve. He is currently the fiction editor of Hyphen Magazine.

Reprieve has been lauded by critics, and GoodReads describes the text as “A chilling and blisteringly relevant literary novel of social horror centered around a brutal killing that takes place in a full-contact haunted escape room—a provocative exploration of capitalism, hate politics, racial fetishism, and our obsession with fear as entertainment.”


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