Jonathan Lethem to appear in Shanghai (UPDATED)

The American writer is set to give his unedited thoughts at 2666 Library
Jonathan Lethem to appear in Shanghai (UPDATED)
 
published 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

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