The Man Asian Literary Prize, founded in 2007, is an award given to the best novel by an Asian writer, either written in English or translated into English. A winner, chosen from the longlist, will be awarded in March.
Tie Ning, a popular Chinese novelist, is the first woman and youngest writer to serve as president of the Chinese Writer's Association. “The Bathing Women” has sold over one million copies in China.
Sommer has published three books of poetry: “Lifting the Stone,” “Other People’s Troubles” and “The Man Who Sleeps in My Office.” He holds degrees from Brandeis, Stanford and St. Louis University, where he received a PhD in Modern British Literature, and he has taught at Fontbonne since 1985. His first Chinese to English translation, “Wang in Love and Bondage: Three Novellas,” also with Hongling Zhang, was published by the State University of New York Press in 2007.
Zang holds a Chinese law degree, as well as a master's degree in creative writing from Washington University. She previously taught creative writing at Fontbonne, and currently serves as the director of the Chinese language program in the school district of Clayton, MO. She is the author of published short stories, and is in the process of completing a novel.
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