Bio

Michael Meyer is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction book “The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed.” He first came to China in 1995 with the Peace Corps, and for over a decade has contributed from there to The New York TimesTime, the Financial TimesLos Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Architectural Record, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian and many other outlets. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as residencies at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. He recently taught Literary Journalism at Hong Kong University’s Journalism and Media Studies Center, and wrote the foreword to The Inmost Shrine: A Photographic Odyssey of China, 1873, a collection of Scottish explorer John Thomson’s early images.

Michael’s next book, “In Manchuria: Life on a rice farm in China’s northeast,” will be published in 2013.