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China in the World - Our People - CIW - ANU, 19 Jan 2015 [cached]
Linda Jaivin, Consultant, CIW Editorial Advice
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Linda Jaivin - Based on a True Story
Linda Jaivin is the internationally-published, best-selling author of seven novels including the comic-erotic cult classic Eat Me and her most recent book, The Empress Lover, published in April this year. She has also written four works of non-fiction, including The Monkey and the Dragon (the biography of a Chinese pop star-turned-dissident cum personal China memoir), and the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World. She is also an essayist, playwright and a literary and film translator from Chinese. She is a visiting fellow and editorial consultant to the Australian Centre on China in the World at the ANU, and the winner of the 2014 New South Wales Writers Fellowship.
Sydney Writers' Centre podcast: Linda Jaivin - course at the Sydney Writers' Centre, 24 July 2011 [cached]
Podcast with Linda Jaivin Linda Jaivin is the author of eight books, including the bestseller Eat Me - a romp through the lives of four Sydney women and their erotic exploits. Eat Me was her first novel and was a bestseller in Australia and overseas.
Though she was born in the US, Linda lived in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong for nine years and has been an Australian citizen for over 20 years. As well as being a best-selling author of fiction, she's also an academic, translator (from Chinese) and writes extensively on art, culture and China. She's a fellow in the Pacific and Asian History Division at the ANU. In 2001 she published The Monkey and The Dragon, about her friendship with a Taiwanese pop star. She has also written several plays.
Now, Linda, when and how did you decide that writing was going to be one of your main careers?
On that note, I could talk to you for hours Linda.
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Linda Jaivin
Linda Jaivin's first novel, the comic-erotic Eat Me, was a bestseller in Australia for seven months and was published in a dozen countries; as Mange Moi, it became a bestseller in France as well. Kirkus Reviews wrote of Eat Me that 'This tossed salad of erotic scenarios charms as few examples of its genre ever have.' Glamour (USA) said it was 'the sexiest thing to come out of Australia since Mel Gibson.' Even the TLS reviewer confessed: 'Some of the scenes described actually turned me on.'
Her second novel was Rock n Roll Babes from Outer Space, described by the Washington Post as 'witty and wickedly satiric… Few writers have skewered the rock and roll world so savagely and accurately and with so much delight'. The Melbourne Age called Linda Jaivin's third novel, Miles Walker, You're Dead 'rapier sharp' and the Bulletin said it was 'a treat not to be missed.' After that came the novella Dead Sexy, and then in 2006, the novel The Infernal Optimist, a dark comedy set in an immigration detention centre which the Sydney Morning Herald labelled 'an Australian Catch-22' and which was shortlisted for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2007.
Linda Jaivin's short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including, most recently, The Penguin Book of the Road (2008) and In Bed With, a collection of erotic tales by authors including Fay Weldon and Maggie Alderson, and also published by Penguin in 2008.
In 1992, Jaivin co-edited the acclaimed anthology of translations from the Chinese, New Ghosts, Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices with Geremie Barmé.
It was published by Fourth Estate (HarperCollins Australia) in March 2009; publisher Linda Funnell has written that 'This is the book Linda Jaivin was born to write - sexy, witty and surprising, encompassing her passion for China and her talent for the erotic.'
Linda is a visiting fellow in the Pacific and Asian History Division, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University and lives in Sydney. Her new novel, The Empress Lover is published by Fourth Estate/HarperCollins Australia.
'Jaivin's writing shines and burns.' (Sunday Age)
Visit Linda Jaivin's website »
Global Voices · Board of Directors, 17 April 2014 [cached]
Linda Jaivin: Sex, Sinology and the Translator 10 minutes ago
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