Xu Zechen (b. 1978, Jiangsu province) is considered one of the best young writers in China, a graduate of Peking University’s Chinese literature Master’s program, former Writer in Residence at Creighton University, and participant at the University of Iowa’s famous International Writing Program. His fiction focuses on China’s less fortunate, its peddlers and migrant workers. He recently had his first novel translated into English: Running Through Beijing, about Beijing’s wild and colorful underworld. “The novel captures the taste and tension of Beijing better than any I’ve ever read,” wrote a reviewer in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
March 17: A Novel Approach