Featuring: Keiichiro Hirano, moderated by Karen Ma
Event Code: IQ17
Keiichiro Hirano is a prodigious literary talent from Japan who wrote his first novel when he was 17. He won the highly prestigious Akutagawa Prize when he was only 23 for his novel The Eclipse (Nisshoku), making him the youngest author to ever win that award. A hugely versatile writer, his publications include historical fiction, science fiction, short stories focusing on contemporary Japanese society, and wide-ranging essays. Hirano will talk about his creative work, his writing life, and the wider literary scene in Japan. Moderated by Karen Ma, author of the semi-autobiographical novel Excess Baggage, based on her family’s experiences as Chinese immigrants in 1990s Tokyo.
This event will be held at iQiyi, an official festival venue located next to The Bookworm.