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Introducing: The Bookworm 10 Keynote Address Speakers

China 10 Keynote

Please join us this Friday as we welcome three Chinese authors — a novelist, a poet, and a nonfiction writer — to The Bookworm as they each give 10-minute keynote addresses on the meaning of literature and expression in China.

The speeches will be in Chinese with either English text projected behind them or consecutive translation. An audience Q-and-A will follow.

The esteemed authors:

Sheng Keyi (盛可以): fiction writer born in Yiyang, Hunan, later moving to Shenzhen before settling in Beijing, where she currently lives. Sheng Keyi is the author of six novels, two of which have been translated into English: Northern Girls, longlisted for the 2012 Man Asia Literary Prize, and Death Fugue. Sheng is known for the fierce and often unforgiving style of her writing, her different narrative voices and insightful observations.

Yuan Ling (袁凌): born in rural Shaanxi province, Yuan Ling is a journalist and nonfiction writer whose reportage ranges from SARS victims to slave workers, from the Three Gorges Dam to the rebuilding of Wenchuan after the 2008 earthquake. His 2012 article on coal mining, “Night Watchman Gao Hua”《守夜人高华》, was awarded Tencent’s annual Distinguished Feature prize. His latest book is My Ninety-Nine Deaths 《我的九十九次死亡》, which tells the true story of 99 different deaths from both natural and unnatural causes, from disease to coal mining accidents to murder at the hands of the Red Guard.

Su Cici (苏瓷瓷): much-anthologized poet and short story writer whose work has appeared in literary journals across the country. She has won the Chinese Writers’ Association’s Literary Newcomer Prize, the Spring Literature Prize, and the Changjiang Literature & Art Prize. She is the author of The Ninth Night, a collection of short stories, and One’s Hospital, a collection of essays. Su’s eclectic work experience includes five years in a mental institution; she has also been a nurse, a propaganda officer, a go-go dancer, a hotel clerk, and a newspaper editor.

Friday, September 25, 8 pm

50 RMB (40 RMB members)

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