Afterwords, Commentary

Afterwords // Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Honored at the SPL

Readings for Chinese writer and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo
7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium

Join us for a short film and an evening of bilingual readings from the work of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo.

When Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he was represented by an empty chair at the ceremony in Oslo. Liu Xiaobo has been in detention in his home country of China for more than three years, following his involvement in creating and publishing the human rights manifesto, “Charter 08.” Liu is a renowned literary critic, writer, and political activist. Two recent books in English translation are No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems and June Fourth Elegies.

This event is part of an international effort organized by the Berlin International Literature Festival. Cultural institutions, schools, and others will participate in a worldwide reading of prose and poems by Liu Xiaobo on March 20, 2012.

Readers include:
– Seattle poets: Kevin Craft, Sharon Cumberland, Kathleen Flenniken, Alan Lau, Erin Malone, and Susan Rich
– Lovers of literature / Chinese speakers: Nancy Chang and Mei-Sun Yang

Presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $5 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.