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"Books that Make Demands of the Reader" w/ Can Xue

“Books that Make Demands of the Reader”

Best Translated Book Award winner Can Xue (The Last Lover, Vertical Motion, Frontier) writes books that blend elements of the Western literary translation with those from Eastern philosophy. As a result, her books are less about the things that happen and more about the experience the reader has while trying to puzzle out the plot points. Chad Post (publisher, Open Letter Books) will direct a wide-ranging conversation with Can Xue about her forthcoming novel Frontier and other books that challenge the reader to read differently.

This discussion will touch on topics of style and translation, contemporary emphases on content versus form in fiction, ways to represent reality in fiction, and the enjoyment to be found in confusion, among others.

This event is free and open to the public.

When: Tuesday, October 11 at 7 PM – 8 PM
Where: The Daily Refresher, 293 Alexander St, Rochester, NY 14607



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