The Literary Reading Series at NYU Shanghai features acclaimed poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, and translators from around the world. The series kicks off its Fall 2017 season with British-Chinese novelist Peter Ho Davies, author of The Fortunes, a New York Times notable book and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and the Chautauqua Prize.
The Fortunes casts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans while reimagining the multigenerational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience. Inhabiting four lives, three drawn from historical characters—a railroad baron’s valet in the California Gold Rush, Hollywood’s first Chinese movie star on a return trip to Shanghai, a hate-crime victim in 1980s Detroit, and a biracial writer visiting China to collect an adopted child—this novel captures and capsizes over a century of history, showing that even as family bonds are denied and broken, a community can survive—as much through love as blood.
Peter Ho Davies is also the author of The Welsh Girl (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize), and two short story collections, The Ugliest House in the World (winner of the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize) and Equal Love (a New York Times Notable Book). His work has appeared in Harpers, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Guardian and Washington Post among others, and has been widely anthologized, including selections for Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. In 2003 Granta magazine named him among its Best of Young British Novelists. Davies is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a winner of the PEN/Malamud Award.
Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davies now makes his home in the U.S. He has taught at the University of Oregon and Emory University, and is currently on the faculty of the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Introduction and moderation of the Q&A by Dan Keane, Lecturer in the Writing Program.
The Literary Reading Series at NYU Shanghai is sponsored by the university's Writing Program.
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