The Fascinating World(s) of Wu Ming-Yi

Moderator: Anna Ling Kaye

Event Number: 56
Tickets: $26.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

The Fascinating World(s) of Wu Ming-Yi

Friday, Oct 25
6:00pm - 7:15pm
The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Wu Ming-Yi’s meditative and absorbing The Stolen Bicycle cemented his position as one of Taiwan’s most influential contemporary authors, winning the Taiwan Literary Award and longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Searching for his bike, a writer becomes pulled into unexpected worlds, immersing himself in Taiwan’s butterfly industry, Japanese military history and the secret network of antique bicycle collectors. Wu Ming-Yi and his English translator Darryl Sterk join Journey Prize shortlisted writer Anna Ling Kaye for a fascinating conversation on the real histories, both personal and national, woven into this globally acclaimed, ambitious epic. Speaking to his nuanced and multidisciplinary approach, this is a stirring introduction to one of Taiwan’s most ground-breaking modern talents.

Presented in partnership with the World Literature Program at SFU.

 

 

 

 

 

About the moderator:
Anna Ling Kaye is a writer, editor, and co-founder of Hapa-palooza Festival. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize. 

Event Participants:

Darryl Sterk

Taiwan

Darryl Sterk is from Edmonton! But according to his daughter when she was a little baby, he is now Taiwanese. In addition to Taiwanese, he has been trying to learn the indigenous Taiwanese language Seediq. He is honoured to have the opportunity to translate Wu Ming-Yi’s fiction and sometimes non-fiction over the past half-dozen years, and has translated a lot of other literary works by Taiwanese writers for The Chinese Pen and Books From Taiwan.

Appearance is made possible thanks to the support of the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and the Taiwan Academy.

Wu Ming-Yi

Taiwan

Wu Ming-Yi is an award-winning novelist and also an artist, designer, photographer, literary professor, butterfly scholar, environmental activist, traveller and blogger, and is widely considered the leading writer of his generation in his native Taiwan. His work has been translated into nine languages and compared to that of writers such as Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell and Yann Martel.

Appearance is made possible thanks to the support of the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and the Taiwan Academy.