On October 12 I’ll show slides from the Chinese hinterlands across twenty years at the Asia Society NY (tickets here), in conversation with the New Yorker‘s Jiayang Fan. This is a talk starting from naivete, discussing how we think of and approach China based on our own starting points and eras. I began at zero! If a schmuck like me can figure this place out . . .
September 15: The University of California-Berkeley, Doe Library, 4pm
September 24: The Berlin Marathon, Germany 9:30am
October 10: The University of Pittsburgh’s William Pitt Union, 1pm
October 10: Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley, Pennsylvania, 7pm
October 12: The Asia Society, New York City (with the New Yorker‘s Jiayang Fan), 6:30pm
October 17: USC, US-China Institute, 4pm
October 18: The Adam Carolla Show, Los Angeles
November 6: The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, 6pm
November 15: Columbia University, 4pm
November 15: The China Institute, New York City, 6:30pm
November 16: National Committee on US-China Relations, breakfast
The reviews-before-the-reviews are coming in, and I’m relieved the readers got the humor, and the tone of “humility gained through immersion.” Here’s Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. “Many delightful and appalling adventures” would have made a great cover quote.
The book comes out on October 10 and is available for advance purchase here.
Its cover blurbs include a trio of nonfiction writers whose work spans China, Africa, Siberia and more:
“The Road to Sleeping Dragon is an invaluable resource for anybody determined to engage with today’s China. Rather than telling readers what to think about China, Michael Meyer’s lively memoir shows them how to think – how to embrace new experiences, new perspectives, and the ever-changing new incarnations of this incredible country.”—Peter Hessler, author of Oracle Bones and River Town
China has never had an explicator and enthusiast like Michael Meyer. His story of how he got to know the country is exciting, sometimes hair-raising, and always fascinating. This is a terrific book and I recommend it highly. –Ian Frazier, author of Travels in Siberia
“I’ve been an admirer of Michael Meyer since his first book, and this, his third, only makes me more so. It’s hard for me to think of anyone who can dive into another culture with such infectious zest and curiosity, and who gets in so deep, so fast.”—Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost
In London this year I wrote the third book of my China trilogy. The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China From the Ground Up will be published worldwide by Bloomsbury in 2017.
I took the cover photo with frozen hands at a 3:45pm December sundown. The Mainland edition, from Shanghai Translation Press, comes out later this year.