Paper Republic: Chinese Literature Matters

"That Damned Thing She Said" – now coming to Beijing!

By David Haysom, published

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As we announced last month, on March 14th London's Free Word Centre will be hosting "That Thing She Said", a speed bookclubbing event at which translators Roddy Flagg, Nicky Harman, Emily Jones and Helen Wang will be discussing short stories by authors Feng Tang, Fu Yuli, Li Jingrui, and Liu Qingbang. (You can find out more and purchase tickets here.)

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding the same event in Beijing as part of the Bookworm Literary Festival on March 12th. The Beijing line-up comprises Eric Abrahamsen, Dave Haysom, Nick Stember, plus one more participant TBC.

Tickets are available to purchase now online or at the Bookworm.

With International Women’s Day (8 March) in mind, Read Paper Republic has selected four short stories from China that focus on highly-charged issues such as sexual freedom, political disappearances, “left-over” women, and compromising situations. A woman trapped in a loveless marriage has an awkward, but ultimately empowering, one-night stand. A wife comes home to find her husband has disappeared, or rather “been disappeared”. The colleagues of a career woman apply their engineering expertise to the intractable problem of finding her a worthy husband. A young woman refuses to sleep with her boss, with catastrophic consequences for her family:

Don't worry if you don't finish all four stories before the event - you can download a cheat sheet here which provides a brief introduction to each of them so that you can still enjoy the discussion.

We will also be submitting questions from readers to the authors in advance, so if you are interested in attending either of the events, please feel free to post any queries below and we will send them along!

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