In Manchuria will be released on February 17. A finished copy arrived today, and has lovely hand-drawn maps of Wasteland and the region, as well as a 16-page color photo insert of the book’s characters and places. The finished product is a harvest that would make the village proud.
Tuesday, February 17, 7pm
The New York Public Library — In conversation with Ian Frazier
Wednesday, February 18, 6:30pm
Asia Society NY — In conversation with Ian Buruma
Thursday, February 19, 7pm
Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.
Friday, February 20, 3pm
The University of Pittsburgh
Saturday, February 21, Noon
The University of Pittsburgh, Undergraduate Asian Studies Research Conference
Monday, February 23, 7pm
Common Good Bookstore, St. Paul, Minnesota
Tuesday, February 24, 7pm
Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Wednesday, February 25, 6pm
Graduate School of Journalism, UC-Berkeley, In conversation with Adam Hochschild
Thursday, February 26, 7pm
Book Passage Bookstore, Corte Madera, California
Monday, March 2, 4pm
The University of California-Los Angeles
Tuesday, March 3, 4pm
The University of California-Irvine
Wednesday, March 4, 4pm
The University of Southern California
Thursday, March 5, 6pm
The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, March 21-22
The Bookworm International Literary Festival, Beijing
Monday, March 30
New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Thursday, April 3, 6pm
National Committee on US-China Relations & The Luce Foundation, New York City
Friday, April 4, Noon
University at Buffalo, SUNY
**Hong Kong and Singapore dates to follow in spring
Here’s a piece about the book tour for the Chinese edition of The Last Days of Old Beijing in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China. Surprisingly little was cut from the Mainland edition of the book, detailed here:
The Chinese translation of “The Last Days of Old Beijing” is finished, and the manuscript is now in the hands of the censor. The book is scheduled to be published on the Mainland in May by Shanghai Translation Press, and in Taiwan/Hong Kong by Walker/Gusa. I am thrilled by the houses, by the translator’s work (He Yujia, my best student at the University of Hong Kong), and the fact that this book will be read by the people it’s about. A book tour is scheduled at the release; I’ll post cities and dates soon.
As In Manchuria lumbers along to completion, I’ll post excerpts as they appear in print or online. Here are two, via the excellent new China File site, produced by the Asia Society. The first sees me tracking down the remains of the Willow Palisade, and can be read here. The second pays a visit to Harbin’s one-of-a-kind International Sister Cities museum, and is here.
Do spend some time at the China File site, which officially launches in February, 2013. They’re bringing together an array of work by journalists, academics, and travelers.