AWF 2015: Panel Discussion with Adam Johnson, Michael Meyer and Nisid Hajari (Moderated by Jon Fasman)


Adam Johnson is a professor of English at Stanford University. Winner of a Whiting Writer's Award and Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he is the author of several books, including Fortune Smiles, a short-story collection, and the novel The Orphan Master’s Son, which was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Harper's Magazine, Granta, Tin House and The Best American Short Stories. His work has been translated into thirty two languages. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.


Michael Meyer is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction book “The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed.” He first went to China in 1995 with the Peace Corps, and for over a decade has contributed from there to The New York Times, Time, the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Architectural Record, Reader’s Digest, Slate, Smithsonian, This American Life and many other outlets. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, as well as residencies at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. He is a current member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations‘ Public Intellectuals Program, and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches Nonfiction Writing. His latest book, “In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China,” details life on a rice farm in the country's far northeast.


Nisid Hajari is author of an acclaimed new narrative history, “Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition,” about the roots of the India-Pakistan rivalry. He writes about Asian politics, history and economics for the editorial board of Bloomberg View, and previously led international coverage at Newsweek for more than a decade, during which the magazine won over 50 awards for its foreign reporting. His work has appeared in TIME, the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Slate, Esquire and Conde Nast Traveler, among others. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and currently lives in Singapore.


Jon Fasman covers politics, business, finance and economics in Southeast Asia. Previously he covered the American South, with a particular focus on crime and American criminal-justice policy. In addition to his work for The Economist, he is also the author of two novels, both published by The Penguin Press: "The Geographer's Library", which was a New York Times bestseller in 2005 and has been translated into more than a dozen languages; and "The Unpossessed City", which was published in autumn of 2008 and was a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award.


The Festival provides a wonderful opportunity to meet and engage with some of today’s most celebrated American writers. The emphasis is on interactivity and you are invited to come, enjoy the writers sharing and participate in conversations which will explore many exciting issues related to writers, writing and our living as humans! The event is proudly co-hosted by Yale-NUS College, Singapore's first liberal arts college, and SMU Wee Kim Wee Centre, and sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Singapore and Singapore American School.

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Wed Sep 16, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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