At 4 p.m. Friday, February 1, the novelist, translator, poet, and critic Qiu Xiaolong (pronounced shew shaow-long) will describe his experiences writing about his birthplace—Shanghai, China—from his current home in St. Louis, where he has lived since 1988. The book talk, titled "Tales of Two Cities," will be held in Umrath Hall.
His recent book, Disappearing Shanghai: Photographs and Poems of an Intimate Way of Life, is a collaboration with photographer Howard French, former New York Times bureau chief in Shanghai and now a professor in the Columbia School of Journalism. Qiu Xiaolong is author of the award-winning Inspector Chen series of mystery novels, and won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel for Death of a Red Heroine. Qiu Xiaolong earned a doctorate in comparative literature at Washington University.
This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by East Asian Languages and Cultures, the University Libraries, the Center for the Humanities, and the McDonnell International Scholars Academy.
To view books by Qiu Xiaolong that are available through Washington University Libraries, click here.