Big Read 2023 – About the Author

Charles Yu is the author of the novels How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe and Interior Chinatown, as well as the short-story collections Third Class Superhero and Sorry Please Thank You.

Yu graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor in Arts in molecular and cellular biology and a minor in creative writing. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. Yu worked as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell and Bryan Cave as a corporate attorney, as the Director of Business Affairs at Digital Domain, and as an associate general counsel at Belkin International before becoming a full-time fiction and TV writer. He was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX and AMC.

In 2007, Yu was named a “5 under 35” honoree by the National Book Foundation. In 2020, Interior Chinatown won the National Book Award for fiction.

Yu lives in California with his wife, Michelle Jue, and their two children, Sophia and Dylan.


For more information about Charles Yu, visit the author’s website.

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