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Frances Cha      

Author Known for "If I Had Your Face"

Frances Cha is a writer and based in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut novel, "If I Had Your Face," was released in April of 2020 and revolves around four young women living in Seoul, South Korea.

As an editor for CNN International in Seoul and Hong Kong, she assigned, edited and wrote articles for the Travel, News and Style departments and produced special travel features on regions ranging from New Zealand and Japan to New York and the Middle East. While at CNN, she covered the South Korea ferry disaster and contributed to the coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. In addition to CNN, her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, V Magazine, WWD, and The Believer among other publications. Most recently, her story “As Long As I Live” was published in the anthology "New York Story."

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she spent her childhood in Texas and Hong Kong before moving to Korea at age 12. She graduated with a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University where she received the Dean’s Fellowship. She has taught Media Studies at Ewha Womans University, creative writing at Columbia University and Yonsei University and lectured at Seoul National University.

She lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with her husband and two daughters and spends summers in Seoul, Korea.


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