Chinese novelist Cao Wenxuan, best known for his works of children’s literature, will meet Shenzhen readers Jan. 18 at Shenzhen Book City’s Longgang Store.
He graduated from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature of Peking University in 1977 and started to publish novels in 1983. Cao is the vice president of the Beijing Writers Association. His novels have been translated into English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Serbian.
In 2016, Cao was announced as the winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s writing, being the first Chinese author to ever receive the award. The International Board on Books for Young People’s jury, announcing the award, said Cao “writes beautifully about the complex lives of children facing great challenges. He is a deeply committed writer, whose own difficult childhood has been deeply influential on his writing in which there are no easy answers.” He received the award in Auckland, New Zealand, and his acceptance speech was titled “Literature: Another Form of House-building.”
Some books from “Dingding Dangdang” series by Cao Wenxuan.
Cao’s “Dingding Dangdang” series (2012) follows the life of two brothers with Down’s syndrome living in a small rural Chinese village. This series was selected as one of International Board on Books for Young People’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2015.
Time: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 18
Venue: Shenzhen Book City’s Longgang Store, Longgang District (龙岗区深圳书城龙岗城)
Metro: Line 3 to Longcheng Square Station (龙城广场站), Exit D