The Kite Family

Friday, January 22 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Online - Zoom

Moderator: Andrea Lingenfelter, Ph.D., writer and literary translator, adjunct faculty, USF MA in Asia Pacific Studies Program.

This event is free and open to the USF community and the public.

Join a Community of Readers Interested in the Asia Pacific
As the weather gets colder, it’s the perfect time to settle in on the sofa or your favorite chair with a good book. Need suggestions for a good book to read? Join the USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies for our Winter Book Club. We’ll provide the online link, the moderator, and the community of fellow readers interested in learning more about the Asia Pacific region; you provide the book. We had so much fun engaging with you all during our Summer Book Club that we’ve decided to meet up again this winter. All are welcome to join us. Reserve your spot today!

About THE KITE FAMILY (Muse, 2015). A patient escapes from an asylum to spend his life as the perfect mannequin in a store display; a luckless man transforms himself into a chair so people can, literally, sit on him; after living alone is outlawed, a woman who resides quietly with her cat is assigned a role in an artificial “family.” These are just a few of the inhabitants of Hon Lai-chu’s stories, where surreal characters struggle to carve out space for freedom and individuality in an absurd world. The Chinese version of The Kite Family won the New Writer’s Novella first prize from Taiwan’s Unitas Literary Association, was selected as one of the Top 10 Chinese Novels Worldwide, and was awarded a Translation Grant from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts.

This book is available in print and kindle editions.