On Sunday I’m going to have the distinct honor of moderating my friend Mara Hvistendahl‘s appearance at the Shanghai International Literary Festival. The hour-long session will start at 15:00 at M on the Bund. My understanding is that it’s been sold out, but apparently mypiao has a few tickets available for those who show up in person. So by all means, show up in person!
The occasion of the appearance is Mara’s critically acclaimed 2011 book, Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men. It’s an extraordinary piece of reporting that’s had a profound influence on the public debate over the ethics of sex-selective abortion, and, well, the consequences of a world full of men. Back in May, I interviewed Mara for Shanghai Scrap, and I strongly recommend it, still. We’ll touch on some of those topics, and more. We’ll also contemplate how two graduates of the same suburban Minneapolis high school (albeit several years apart) manage to find themselves appearing together at the Shanghai Lit Fest. Hope to see you there.