First published on 26 Sep 2011. Updated on 26 Sep 2011.
UPDATE: This event has been postponed for now, but 2666 - which recently expanded into the lane house opposite - still hopes to host Jonathan Lethem some time in the next couple of months.
American writer Jonathan Lethem is to give a talk in Shanghai next month. Lethem, famously referred to by the New York Times
as a 'genre bender' for the way he straddles styles (from hardboiled crime fiction to autobiography), will appear at 2666 Library
on September 25.
In a critically acclaimed 22 year career, the bohemian writer has tackled Tourettes, cryogenic prisons and kangaroos. His science fiction is heavily inspired by Philip K Dick, of whom Lethem said: '[he was] as formative an influence as marijuana or punk rock - as equally responsible for beautifully fucking up my life, for bending it irreversibly along a course I still travel.'
Lethem, who once wrote a treatise in defense of plagiarism (The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism
, 2007) will hopefully be giving us his unedited thoughts on China. Not to be missed.Charlotte Middlehurst