MOCATalks with author Xu Xi - This Fish is Fowl

Thu, Sep 26, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm



Tickets are $15 and include book signing, wine, and Museum admission. Members receive complimentary tickets. Not a Member? Join today!


Xu Xi’s new book This Fish is Fowl is subtitled "Essays of Being.” Her questioning of identity is underpinned by the myriad ways of “being” in this globally transnational existence that has become her life. These quirky, darkly comic and obsessively personal essays emerge from her diverse professional career as a writer, business executive, and educator. But is it fair or foul to seemingly belong everywhere and nowhere? Xu will talk about her life and writing that led to this book and discuss the way this collection came together, followed by a Q&A.


Xu Xi 許素細 is the author of fourteen books — five novels, eight collections of short fiction and essays, one memoir — and also editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. Her newest book is This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being (American Lives Series - Univ. Nebraska, release date: March 1, 2019). Other recent titles include the novel That Man In Our Lives (C&R 2016), a memoir Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy For A City (Penguin, 2017) and Insignificance: Hong Kong Stories (Signal 8, 2018). Forthcoming is The Art & Craft of Asian Stories (Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2020). She is Faculty Co-Director of the International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Vermont College of Fine Arts, co-founder of Authors at Large and fiction editor-at-large for Tupelo Press. An Indonesian-Chinese-American diehard transnational, she previously inhabited the flight path connecting New York, Hong Kong and the South Island of New Zealand. These days, she splits her life, unevenly, between the state of New York and the rest of the world. Follow her @xuxiwriter on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn.