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Book Excerpt: 'The Illicit Happiness of Other People' by Manu Joseph

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"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," begins a certain other novel. How is other people's happiness "illicit?" Join the Chackos family in their quest for happiness in 1980s Madras. Author appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10, 2013.

Some Asia Society Friends Make Shortlist for South Asia's Biggest Literary Prize

Novelists Amitav Ghosh (L) and Tahmima Anam (R), shown here in their Fall 2011 appearances at Asia Society New York, are two of the writers short-listed for this year's DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
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Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani novelists recently hosted by Asia Society are finalists for this year's DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

Always a Pioneer, Artist Xu Bing Now Takes the Novel Beyond the Written Word

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The Chinese artist's latest creation, Book from the Ground: From Point-to-Point, is a literally iconic work of fiction.

Interview: Hamid Dabashi Navigates 1400 Years of Persian Literary Tradition

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The Columbia University scholar discusses the theories of "literary humanism" advanced in his new book. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on Thursday, November 29.

Book Excerpt: 'Northern Girls' by Sheng Keyi

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In this excerpt from her debut novel, one of China's leading new novelists puts a human face on the phenomenon of mass migration. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on Tuesday, November 27.

Interview: International Writing Head Christopher Merrill on a World-Class Legacy

L: Author Hualing Nieh as a young girl in mainland China. R: Hualing (R) with Hong Kong documentary filmmaker Angie Chen (R), director of 'One Tree Three Lives,' about Hualing's life and career.
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The current head of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program reflects on the "incalculable good" Hualing Nieh has contributed to world literature. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York this Saturday, November 10.

Book Excerpt: 'The World of Persian Literary Humanism' by Hamid Dabashi

L: The World of Persian Literary Humanism' by Hamid Dabashi (Harvard University Press, 2012). R: The author (Golbarg Bashi).
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What does it mean to be human? Columbia University scholar Hamid Dabashi explores this age-old question through the creative subversions of Persian literary tradition.

China's Online Community Reacts to Mo Yan's Nobel Prize

Chinese author and 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Mo Yan arrives for a press conference at a hotel in Gaomi in China’s Shandong province, October 12, 2012. (Ed Jones/AFP/GettyImages).
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Mo Yan's Nobel Prize inspires mixed responses among China's internet community.

Will Mo Yan's Nobel Prize Finally Mean Better Book Sales Abroad?

Chinese writer Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Literature Prize winner, attending the premiere of a TV series in Ningbo, in eastern China's Zhejiang province, in July 2010. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)
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Mo Yan's English-language translator talks about what winning the Nobel Prize in Literature means for the Chinese author.

Interview: 'Assassins' Author Tarun J. Tejpal Exposes India's Gritty Underbelly

Author and journalist Tarun Tejpal talks to an audience during the Kathmandu Literary Jatra in Kathmandu on September 16, 2011. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
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"I just wanted to tell the story I wanted to tell — as uncompromisingly as I could," says the author of a savage new novel about India's underclass. Appearing at Asia Society New York this Thursday, October 4.