Event: International Short Story Book Club – 5th Dec at The Lighthouse

 Let’s take a trip together around the world

Let’s take a trip together around the world

Come join our inaugural session of the International Short Story Book Club. In this book club we spend time with voices from around the world, engage with their writing and discuss their use of the short story form. Founded to bring the world to Falmouth, the ISSBC will take you on a journey across the world, one short story at a time.

Our first session is on Wednesday 5th of December in The Lighthouse at 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcomed!


How does the book club work?

Every month we will discuss a short story from around the world. At our first session, we will be discussing Ken Liu’s title story The Paper Menagerie from The Paper Menagerie and other stories. Spend some time with this piece before our meeting and come ready to have a chat about it.

You can read the story here or listen to it on LeVar Burton Reads podcast, episode 11.

On the day we will read a fragment out loud and discuss the story. Let’s find out what we can interrogate and what Liu has done with the short story form in this piece.

See you then!


 Ken Liu by Lisa Tang Liu (©Lisa Tang Liu)

Ken Liu by Lisa Tang Liu (©Lisa Tang Liu)

About Ken Liu

A winner of the Nebula and World Fantasy awards, Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is the author of The Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series (The Grace of Kings(2015), The Wall of Storms (2016), and a forthcoming third volume) and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016), a collection. He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker (2017).

In addition to his original fiction, Ken also translated numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English. His translation of The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the first translated novel ever to receive that honor. He also translated the third volume in Liu Cixin’s series, Death’s End (2016) and edited the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Invisible Planets(2016).

He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Every act of communication is a miracle of translation.
— Ken Liu, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

by Sherezade García Rangel