Chinese Authors and Literature Spotlighted in Week of Events During BookExpo America

May 29, 2015, 00:21 ET from Paper Republic

NEW YORK, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the 2015 BookExpo America's Global Market Forum initiative, China's Guest of Honor program, will showcase more than 20 of China's best-known poets and authors in more than a dozen events, co-organized by Paper Republic, at the BEA and around New York City. From poetry readings, to literary exchanges with New York writers, to screenings of films adapted from Chinese fiction, the event lineup promises front-row exposure to the best of China's literary culture. During BEA, from May 27 to 30, visitors will be able to see established names such as Su Tong (Raise the Red Lantern) and Mai Jia (Decoded), alongside up-and-coming writers like writers like A Yi (A Perfect Crime).

Event highlights include:

Feng Tang and Xu Zechen at Barnes & Noble, 5/29 at 7pm

Don't miss this fascinating conversation between two of China's most exciting novelists: Feng Tang, whose novel Beijing Beijing is about growing up in the city and being a local Beijinger, and Xu Zechen, whose Running Through Beijing is about a young man trying to "make his way in the world," but has the distinct feeling that he doesn't belong. The authors share their wry, ribald stories of China's rough-and-tumble capital. The conversation will be moderated by poet, author, and translator, Canaan Morse.

Su Tong, Feng Tang and Zhao Lihong: Voices of Three Generations, DC Brookings Institute, 5/29 at 9am

This event will host three accomplished contemporary Chinese writers: Zhao Lihong, born in the 1950s, is a gifted Shanghainese poet, author and literary critic; Su Tong, born in the 1960s, is the bestselling author of Raise the Red Lantern (Penguin Books, 1996); and Feng Tang, born in the 1970s, is China's popular jack-of-all-trades writer. The discussion will center on the generational differences of writing in – and about – a rapidly changing China. Questions will be taken from the audience following the discussion.

A Perfect Crime, A Yi at The Center for Fiction, 5/29 at 7pm

Writing at the margins of Chinese society and literature, A Yi's fiction draws heavily on his experiences as a rural policeman, layering onto this mundane foundation a cutting humor, bizarre narrative twists, and an unnervingly cruel take on human desire and violence. Join A Yi and editor John Freeman in conversation about the balance between fictional material and imagination, and the limits of honesty.

Film Screenings

As part of China's Guest of Honor program, a series of films adapted from Chinese fiction will also be shown, giving audiences a chance to experience Chinese culture in two interrelated forms, and to talk to the authors about their stories' journey from page to screen. Highlights include:

  • Fly with the Crane, with author Su Tong, Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, 5/27 at 7pm
  • 1942, with author Liu Zhenyun, Asia Society, 5/29 at 6pm
  • Cherry on the Pomegranate Tree, with author Li Er, Queens Library, Flushing Branch, 5/29 at 4pm


Brian Reinert

SOURCE Paper Republic