Xue Yiwei, Ma Boyong, Zheng Zaihuan
moderated by Dave Haysom

Sunday, March 11, 2 pm | 60 RMB – purchase link

Three talented Chinese novelists and short story writers will discuss their award-winning works and how they take China as both a setting and a character and position it in their prose. Xue Yiwei is the author of 20 books and his collection of short stories Shenzheners has been translated into English and French. Zheng Zaihuan is a writer and a playwright who is known for his bleak but often hilarious writing style. He has recently released a short story collection that interweaves fiction and non-fiction entitled Heartbreaking Stories from Zhumadian, which is the name of the town in Henan where he was brought up. Sun Yisheng is a young, award-winning writer from Shandong whose first collection of short stories is called How Many Dragon-fields Does Your Family Own?

This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.


主持人 Dave Hayson

3月11日(星期日),下午两点 | 60 RMB | BW11-2



Xue Yiwei, “a maverick in contemporary Chinese literature” (to quote Ha Jin), is author of 20 acclaimed books. His collection of short stories Shenzheners has been translated into English and French, and his novel Dr. Bethune’s Children is now out in English. Both of these titles have been very well received overseas. His 2014 novel The Empty Nest is soon to come out in Swedish. He lives in Montreal.

Ma Boyong was born in the 80s in Chifeng in Inner Mongolia and was raised in Guilin. He studied in Shanghai and overseas. His work is known for its humorous, often hilarious, nature. He writes a range of genres including historical fiction, fantasy and mystery, and his representative books include Antique Game, The Doomsday Book and Goddess of Wind and Rain. He has won the People’s Literature Prize, the Zhu Zhiqing’s Essay Award and China Book Power’s annual Top Ten List.

马伯庸,1980年出生于赤峰,曾留学新西兰数年,自2005年起在外企工作十年,自称“低压配电行业从业人员”。 擅长以奇特的想象重构历史,被誉为“文学鬼才”。他的作品具有厚重的历史底蕴,行文旁征博引,时而犀利泼辣,时而妙趣横生,真正做到了把历史写得“好看”。代表作有《风起陇西》《三国机密》《古董局中局》《龙与地下铁》《长安十二时辰》等。荣获人民文学奖、朱自清散文奖以及国内科幻文学最高奖项“银河奖”。《古董局中局》入选中国“图书势力榜”文学类年度十大好书。多部作品被改编成影视剧。

Zheng Zaihuan is a writer and a musician who was born in the 90s in Zhumadian in Henan Province, a city that has become synonymous with poverty in China. His bleak but hilarious writing style utilises his trademark black humour and cruel subject matter. He has recently released a short story collection, laced with magic realism, entitled Heartbreaking Stories from Zhumadian.


Dave Haysom (www.spittingdog.net) has been living and working in Beijing since 2007. Managing editor of Pathlight magazine since 2014, he helped launch the Read Paper Republic project in 2015 and became editor-in-chief of Books From Taiwan’s Asian Edition in 2017. His translations and essays on contemporary Chinese literature have appeared in publications including Asymptote, Words Without Borders, Granta, and The Millions.

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