The 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for "The Orphan Master's Son," Adam Johnson, recounts in his picaresque novel the story of Jun Do, a surveillance officer in North Korea. His job: kidnapping citizens on official government orders and eavesdropping on radio transmissions, a profession not unusual in the dictator's Communist state. Although the well-researched novel is fiction, Johnson told online literary blog The Rumpus that the fablelike elements of his book came from actual narratives of North Korean defectors: "I started reading real people who'd gotten out and talked about their lives there and the impossible choices they had to make ¿ which I think is the stuff of novels," he says. Johnson appears 8 p.m. Monday at Books and Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables). Free. 305-442-4408 or BooksandBooks.com.
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