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ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE EAST: Book Launch with XIAOLU GUO
Friday, 27 January 2017 at 6.30pm
We are very happy to announce that Hackney-based author and film-maker Xiaolu Guo (a Granta Best of Young British Novelists) will be launching her new memoir Once Upon A Time in the East at the shop on Chinese New Year's Eve / Friday 27 January 2017.
Xiaolu's outstanding collection of work, including A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth and I Am China, continues to make an important contribution to the shop and its community and we are delighted to be involved in the celebrations of her latest book.
Drinks will be served from 6.30 p.m. and Xiaolu will make a short reading at 7.30 p.m.
Signed copies of Once Upon A Time in The East will be available, in addition to many of Xiaolu's other publications.
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About the book:
Novelist Xiaolu Guo writes the extraordinary story of her childhood in rural China, her young adulthood in the Beijing underground and her move to the West in search of freedom of expression.
Born in 1973 at the tail end of the Cultural Revolution, Xiaolu was originally given away by her parents to a farming family. Too poor even to feed the baby, the farmers returned Xiaolu to her grandparents where she had a hard-scrabble early childhood in a fishing village overlooking the straits of Taiwan. Looked after by her grandmother in a feudal house ruled over by her bitter grandfather, she learned how to live a solitary life. Occasionally Western goods would wash up on the beach to the curiosity of the inhabitants. These small interventions from distant places made the young Xiaolu realise there was a world beyond the confines of her village. The visit of a group of art students who came to the village to paint the sea was a revelation of alternative visions of reality. So began her artistic and physical journey - a journey that would take her far from her roots but with China always deep inside her.
Guo is one of the few Chinese women writers of her generation to have made an impact on the international stage with her novels and films, as well as being an outspoken public personality. This powerful memoir is a Wild Swans for a new generation.
About the author:
Xiaolu Guo was born in China and now lives in London. She is the author of Village of Stone; A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers; 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth; Lovers in the Age of Indifference; UFO in her Eyes, made into an award-winning film by Xiaolu herself; I Am China; and most recently Once Upon A Time in the East. Xiaolu is also a successful film-maker of feature films and documentaries; her work has premiered all over the world and won numerous awards, most recently at the Venice Film Festival. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, a list drawn up once a decade.