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​ I AM CHINA [event cancelled]



​Xiaolu Guo (Author) in discussion with Michel Hockx (SOAS)

Date: 9 July 2014Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 9 July 2014Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Kamran DJAM Lecture Theatre (Formerly G2)

Type of Event: Book Launch

Xiaolu Guo I Am China Book Cover

​We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled.

Through a conversation with Professor Michel Hockx (SOAS) Xiaolu Guo, one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists​, discusses her new book, I AM CHINA.

The novel ‘I Am China’ takes us from a detention centre in Dover, where exiled Chinese musician Jian is awaiting an unknown fate, to the seedy bars of small-town America with his girlfriend Mu, and the lively streets of East London where translator Iona Kirkpatrick is feeling adrift in her life.  Xiaolu Guo brings her unique blend of her heritage of ancient Chinese folk legends and her fresh take on contemporary living to this mesmerising new novel.  ‘I am China’ is a love story of modern times and a vibrant, wise (and very funny) portrayal of multicultural society.


XIAOLU GUO was born in China and now lives in London. She is the author of Village of Stone (the translation was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award); A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers which was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-four languages, 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth which was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize, UFO in her Eyes, recently made into an award-winning film by Xiaolu herself, and a collection of short stories, Lovers in the Age of Indifference. Xiaolu Guo is a successful filmmaker of feature films and documentaries; her work has premiered all over the world, including MOMA in New York and most recently at the BFI London Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists.

Xiaolu Guo I Am China

​Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo is also Free Word Writer in Residence for Weather Stations in 2014, an international project that explores how literature and storytelling can inspire new ways of living in the context of our changing climate. Working with partners in London, Berlin, Dublin, Warsaw and Melbourne, Weather Stations asks five writers to explore how we might live differently given the degradation of our environment. Forming the backbone of the project Xiaolu Guo and her fellow Writers in Residence will work with climate and social scientists, philosophers and politicians, economists and environmentalists to publically discuss and dissect the most fundamental challenge facing humanity today – climate change. Guo will also work with Islington Arts and Media school to explore how we can inspire young citizens to fight for a more sustainable future.

​​Selected as one of 

  • Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists
  • Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for A Concise Chinese–English Dictionary for Lovers
  • Longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize for 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth
  • Longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Village of Stone
  • Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for Village of Stone​

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