Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Peter Hessler & Leslie Chang

Another China literary talk, this time Peter Hessler and Leslie Chang. Hessler has written three books on China - River Town, Oracles Bones and the new Country Driving - all of which are acclaimed and none of which I've read yet. Chang wrote Factory Girls (see 18 Dec post) . Both used to write for the Wall Street Journal amongst other newspapers. And they're married.

Interesting talk in an interesting venue (Studio X in a hutong near the Lama Temple), covering the writing process, gaining the confidence of their characters and how they get under the skin of ordinary Chinese workers.

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