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Night of Noir: Crime in China

Throughout China’s long history crime and punishment have been prominent literary themes. It’s a tradition that endures today as the nation continues to produce some of the best crime writing around. We’re hosting two of these fantastic writers: Lisa Brackmann and Diane Wei Liang.

Brackmann is author of the New York Times’ bestselling Ellie McEnroe detective series, a whirlwind of a trilogy, which takes you into the heart of China’s troubled art world via the lovely but frustrating character Ellie.

The New York Times said “be prepared for a wild ride”, Time Out Beijing described the first in the series as being “as slick and smart as an alley cat” and The Atlantic said of the first one as well:

“It’s a mystery/action novel that pretty much pulls off something I would have thought improbable: combining an account of Iraq-war drama (the emphasis is on Abu Ghraib-type themes), with a portrayal of the urban China of these past few years, complete with overhyped art scene, dissident bloggers, lots of young expats, and constant uncertainty about what the government will permit or crack down on.”

In a contrasting but interconnected approach, Diane Wei Liang is the author of two international bestselling books featuring the brave and somewhat more sensible heroine Mei Wang.

The pair will discuss their characters and in so doing shed light on some of the less talked about but wickedly compulsive sides of China today. A fantastic event for anyone interested in China, crime or both.

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May 16, 2016
18:45 - 20:00
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Asia House


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