Mike Meyer (China 1995-97) Writes In Manchuria: A Village called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China

Michael Meyer talks about his new book, In Manchuria: A Village called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China, with Ian Frazier. Meyer’s account of the time he spent living and teaching school in the rice-farming community of Wasteland, in China’s rural Northeast, weaves together history, politics, and personal lives in a vivid drama of loss and change.in-manchuria11

Michael Meyer first went to China in 1995 with the Peace Corps. He received a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction after publishing his first book, The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed. He has also held a Guggenheim Fellowship.  His stories have appeared in The New York TimesTimeSmithsonianSports IllustratedSlate, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and on This American Life. He worked on In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China while in residence at the Cullman Center in 2010-2011.

A staff writer for The New Yorker for over 40 years and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, Ian Frazier is the author of several books, including On the Rez, Great Plains, Family, Coyote vs. Acme, and Travels in Siberia, which he worked on while he was a fellow at the Cullman Center in 2009-2010. In 1997 he won the Thurber Prize for American Humor

Tuesday at the New York Public Library with Ian Frazier. 7pm. Free, but tickets have to be reserved here:


Wednesday at the Asia Society on Park Avenue. Tickets here:

Book tour


Tuesday, February 17, 7pm

The New York Public Library — In conversation with Ian Frazier

Wednesday, February 18, 6:30pm

Asia Society NY — In conversation with Ian Buruma

Thursday, February 19, 7pm

Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.

Friday, February 20, 3pm

The University of Pittsburgh

Saturday, February 21, Noon

The University of Pittsburgh, Undergraduate Asian Studies Research Conference

Monday, February 23, 7pm

Common Good Bookstore, St. Paul, Minnesota

Tuesday, February 24, 7pm

Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Wednesday, February 25, 6pm

Graduate School of Journalism, UC-Berkeley, In conversation with Adam Hochschild

Thursday, February 26, 7pm

Book Passage Bookstore, Corte Madera, California

Monday, March 2, 4pm

The University of California-Los Angeles

Tuesday, March 3, 4pm

The University of California-Irvine

Wednesday, March 4, 4pm

The University of Southern California

Thursday, March 5, 6pm

The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

Saturday & Sunday, March 21-22

The Bookworm International Literary Festival, Beijing

Monday, March 30

New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, April 3, 6pm

National Committee on US-China Relations & The Luce Foundation, New York City

Friday, April 4, Noon

University at Buffalo, SUNY

**Hong Kong and Singapore dates to follow in spring

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