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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Reading Across Borders Book Club: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Reading Across Borders Book Club focuses on literature in English translation, with a particular interest in writers who are not (yet) well-known in the English-speaking world. Hosted by former store staffer Helen Chau Bradley, the book club meetings take place every two months, and are open to all.

For our next meeting, on Tuesday, June 5th, we will meet at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard O.) at 7 pm to discuss Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem, trans. from the Chinese by Ken Liu. Join us for discussion and drinks!

The Three-Body Problem is the first book in Liu Cixin's Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy, which has shot to fame as a new classic of contemporary Chinese science fiction, garnering a level of interest in the mainstream that is rare for the genre. The narrative begins during the Cultural Revolution, with a secret military project sending signals into outer space, which are intercepted by a dying alien civilization. What follows is a fresh iteration of the well-known alien invasion story, exploring both the alien world of the Trisolarans, and the growing conflict on Earth between humans who want to fight the aliens, and those who want to welcome them. Liu worked for 30 years as a software engineer at a power plant in Shanxi as a way to support his writing, and has written more than a dozen books to date.

**We offer a 20% discount on The Three-Body Problem from now until the meeting date.***

We regret that the bookstore is not wheelchair accessible. There is a step at the entrance, followed by a half step and a door that opens inward. Once inside, there are no additional steps to access the bathroom, although the bathroom space is narrow. Alcohol and sparkling water will be served.

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