May 9, 2012 — A Chinese poet-turned-detective investigates a slaying seemingly linked to industrial dumping. Don't Cry, Tai Lake is the politically charged seventh novel in Chinese expatriate Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen series.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Distant Land of My Father by Bo Caldwell. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 21, 2009 — Author J.G. Ballard died April 19 from cancer. The science fiction writer produced more than 20 novels and short story collections, including Empire of the Sun and Love & Napalm: U.S.A. Fresh Air remembers Ballard with an archival interview.
Sep 29, 2006 — Qiu Xiaolong's English-language detective stories track Shanghai's transformation into a modern metropolis and how ordinary citizens are struggling to cope with the rapid pace of change.
Oct 27, 2005 — "I am a bookseller, and I recommend this one to everyone looking for a really good read," writes listener Jean of this novel about family history.