Thu. Jun 13, 2013 at 7:00pm EDT
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Liao Yiwu in Conversation with Paul Holdengräber with special participation by Wenguang Huang, interpreter.

"One of the most original and remarkable Chinese writers of our time." - Philip Gourevitch

Liao Yiwu is one of the most prominent and outspoken Chinese writers today. He spent four torturous years in prison for writing the incendiary poem “Massacre.” For many years since, the Chinese government has considered his writings subversive because they expose the dark side of the socialist system, and all of his books are currently banned in China. Liao fled the country in July 2011, to escape arrest preceding the publication of his memoir in Germany.

Two years later, Liao Yiwu appears at LIVE from the NYPL to celebrate the US publication of his memoir, For a Song and A Hundred Songs, which describes in vivid detail the brutal reality of crowded Chinese prisons, the harassment from guards and fellow prisoners, the torture, the conflicts among human beings in close confinement, and the boredom of everyday life. Yiwu sits down with Paul Holdengräber for a wide-ranging discussion of poetry, protest, and prison, interspersed by a musical performance on the xiao (Chinese flute) and a poetry reading.

Wenguang Huang is a Chicago-based writer, journalist and translator. Huang's memoir “The Little Red Guard," was a Washington Post Best of 2012 pick, and his latest book, “A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel,” offers an insider’s take on the murder of a British businessman in China. Huang's translations of Chinese non-fiction works have appeared in the Paris Review, Harper’s magazine, and the Asia Literary Review. He has translated Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu’s books “For a Song and One Hundred Songs,” “Corpse Walker,” and “God is Red," as well as Yan Xianhui’s “Women in Shanghai.” Huang is the recipient of the 2007 PEN Translation Fund Award.
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Celeste Auditorium at South Court The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
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