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“The Incarnations” A book talk with the author – Susan Barker

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, at 7:30pm

Susan Barker grew up in east London. She is the author of the novels Sayonara Bar (2005) and The Orientalist and the Ghost (2008), both published by Doubleday (UK) and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her third novel The Incarnations (Doubleday, July 2014) is about a taxi driver in contemporary Beijing and interwoven with tales from the Tang Dynasty, the invasion of Genghis Khan, the Ming Dynasty, the Opium War, and the Cultural Revolution. While writing The Incarnations she spent several years living in Beijing, researching modern and imperial China.

In this book talk, Barker will read from and introduce The Incarnations, and describe how modern and imperial China inspired her writing process.

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