Rebecca Kuang – Yellowface | How To Academy

Tue, 15 October 2024

7:30 pm - 8:45 pm BST

Rebecca Kuang – Yellowface

Live In Conversation In London With Hannah MacInnes

The award-winning novelist Rebecca Kuang joins us to share the inside story of Yellowface, the thrilling and outrageous satire of the literary world that became a global sensation.

You don’t have to be an aspiring novelist to feel a little jealous of Rebecca F. Kuang.

Aged 27, Rebecca is already the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling, multiple-prize winning author of five novels, a debate champion, a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge, and currently finding time to squeeze in finishing a doctorate at Yale while writing three more novels she has already sold.

Her prize-winning historical fantasy Babel was beloved as one of the genre novels of the year and a #1 New York Times bestseller; but her next, Yellowface, catapulted her into the stratosphere of literary fame.

When failed writer June Hayward witnesses her rival Athena Liu die in a freak accident, she sees her opportunity… and takes it. So what if it means stealing Athena’s final manuscript? So what if it means ‘borrowing’ her identity? Finally, June has the fame she always deserved. But someone is about to expose her… What happens next is entirely everyone else’s fault.

Born in Guangzhou, raised in Texas, Rebecca now joins us live on stage in London to share the story of Yellowface and her extraordinary life and career to date.

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Praise for Rebecca F Kuang’s Yellowface:

‘Ingenious, astute, hugely entertaining.’ – David Nicholls

‘Breathtakingly clever on jealousy, talent, success, and who gets to tell which story.’ – Elizabeth Day

‘Hard to put down. Harder to forget.’ – Stephen King

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Rebecca F. Kuang

Internationally bestselling author

Rebecca F. Kuang is the #1 New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Yellowface, Babel: An Arcane History and the Poppy War trilogy. Her work has won the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, and British Book Awards. A Marshall Scholar, she has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford. She is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale, where she studies diaspora, contemporary Sinophone literature, and Asian American literature. Her next novel is Katabasis.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.