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Books for Lunch

Sponsored by the Upper School Parent Association, the event is a wonderful opportunity for Seven Hills families and members of the community to meet leading authors and gain insights into their process and work. The mission of Books for Lunch is education, community building, and fundraising for the Seven Hill Upper School. Look to this page for updates on upcoming events.

Min Jin Lee is our 2023 Books for Lunch Author

Min Jin Lee is an award-winning writer, whose novels “Pachinko” and “Free Food for Millionaires” explore the intersection of race, ethnicity, immigration, class, religion, gender, and identity of a diasporic people. “Pachinko” was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and winner of the Medici Book Club Prize. Lee is a recipient of fellowships in fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. 

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lee immigrated to Queens, New York with her family at age 7. While studying history at Yale College, she received the Henry Wright Prize for Nonfiction and the James Ashmun Veech Prize for Fiction. She attended Georgetown University Law School and worked as a lawyer before switching to writing full time. She lived in Tokyo from 2007-2011 while she researched and wrote “Pachinko.” She now teaches fiction and essay writing at Amherst College and lives in New York City.

For 36 years, Books for Lunch has invited noted authors to Seven Hills for a morning with students and a luncheon with students, parents, and the greater Cincinnati community. Please join us for an inspiring series of events and words from Lee.


Luncheon, Lecture, and Book Signing

Friday, Feb. 3
11 a.m. Cash bar
12 p.m. Luncheon and author lecture
The Summit Hotel, Madisonville Ballroom

Dinner with Min Jin Lee — Sold out!

Thursday, Feb. 2
6 p.m.
The home of Reena and Yash Patil


Email the 2023 Books For Lunch co-chairs Amber Hassan or Nupur Anand.


Best Seller
Anonymous, Amber and Syed Hassan, and Michelle and Rick Setzer


Nupur and Manish Anand & Lalitha and Jaideep Chunduri , Angie Apple and Rob Cybulski, Amy and Andrew Dewitt, Loi and Andreas Drath, Sarah and Steiny Steinman

First Draft

Sue and Steve Baggott, Chrissie and Josh Blatt, Dorothy and Evan Corbett, Crist-Kruzner Family, Mona S. Foad, Meg and Andy Nelson, Ronna and Ben Schneider, Sandhya and Ananth Shenai, Kelli and Richard Stein, Jane and John Sutton, Anna and Dimitrios Topalidis, Karen and Bernard Wilger


Kashifa and Faisal Adhami, Dulany Anning, Asma and Asim Ansari, Pakeeza and Ferhan Asghar, Lisa Binkley Briquet, Lessa Pruett Ceron, Anila and Haroon Chaudhry, Sarah Corathers, Liz Dallmann, Paige and William DeBuys, Elissa and Sean Donovan, Julie Gabriel, Jennifer Habel, Laurie Hubert, Lara Denziger-Isakov, Melissa and Peirce Johnston, Kelly Kecman, Jutta Lafley, Christa and Mark McAndrew, Jessica McLennan, Alexandra Quinn, Halle and T Quinn, Heather Zaring Vecellio, Diane Yi, Giselle Weller