Qiu Xiaolong on the Inside Story of “Becoming Inspector Chen”
WHAT: “The Inside Story of ‘Becoming Inspector Chen'”, an RASBJ online conversation with author Qiu Xiaolong about his latest crime thriller, moderated by Jeremiah Jenne and followed by QA.
WHEN: Sept. 18, Saturday, 11:00 AM – noon Beijing Time
Note: This RASBJ online event starts 11 AM on a SATURDAY in Beijing. The content of Qiu’s latest book “Becoming Inspector Chen” is linked to his earlier “Years of Red Dust”; both evoke the author’s childhood neighborhood. You’re receiving ample notice to give you time to read up on the author’s work and enjoy the conversation more fully. Both books are available on Amazon/Kindle.
MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: In this RASBJ conversation, award-winning author Qiu Xiaolong reveals to us the story behind “Becoming Inspector Chen”, the latest in his series about Shanghai police inspector – and poet — Chen Cao. Despite setbacks at work, Inspector Chen pursues a mysterious new case involving a controversial poem posted on China’s most popular social media platform. His own past may hold tantalizing clues. The narrative about the inspector’s investigation has something evocative for nearly every kind of Sinologist — from the legacy of the Cultural Revolution to meticulously textured street life, from ancient poetry to the murder of a rich foodie after an extravagant but puzzling meal. The talk will be moderated by Jeremiah Jenne.
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MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Qiu Xiaolong won the 2001 Anthony Award for Best First Novel for Death of a Red Heroine, which kicked off his best-selling Inspector Chen series of detective novels set in China. He has since written ten additional novels in the series; his books have sold millions of copies, and have been translated into more than twenty languages. All his Inspector Chen novels have been made into BBC radio dramatizations. He has also published collections of short stories, poetry, and poetry translations. Born in Shanghai, China, Qiu published poetry, translation and criticism in Chinese before he went to the United States as a Ford Foundation Fellow and obtained his PhD at Washington University in St. Louis. He currently lives in St. Louis with his wife and daughter.