Buffalo Leaves & Lit: Can Xue

Books, Culture & Arts


Written by Emma Janicki-Gechoff

Published on October 7, 2016

Buffalo has a strong literary undercurrent. Just as important contemporary literary figures live and work among us layfolk today (check that noun usage off on my writing bucket list), our city has a wonderful history of welcoming authors, poets, filmmakers, and artists.
This fall, Step Out will help you keep your scholarly interests alive with the “Buffalo’s Leaves and Lit”weekly guide. We’ll alert you to the high-minded going-ons around Buffalo – dinner and drink recommendations included (you know us).

Scholarly Activity: Exhibit X Fiction Reading: Can Xue

Center for the Performing Arts, Screening Room, SUNY Buffalo, North Campus in Amherst
Monday, Oct. 10 @ 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  /  Free
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Scholarly Eats: Little Lamb

3188 Sheridan Dr., Amherst  /  Open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
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The Exhibit X Fiction Series, hosted by the University at Buffalo English Department, brings world-renowned experimental and innovative fiction writers to Amherst.  The Series challenges societal notions of what a narrative is, how it is told, and what it looks like. Essentially, you ain’t never seen a novel like this before.

This Monday night, Oct. 10, Chinese experimental writer Can Xue is bringing her “soul literature” and “life literature” to the CPA’s Screening Room. Xue was born in 1953 in the Hunan Province of South China. Her parents were condemned during the Cultural Revolution and sent to labor camps. Xue graduated from elementary school – she’s astoundingly almost entirely self-taught. Xue grew up on Western and Russian literature and has published commentaries on Shakespeare, Dante, Goethe, and Italo Calvino – to name a few. She’s written four novels as well as short story collections. Xue describes her work as being an experiment in which she is the subject.
After Xue presents her ground-shattering/breaking/questioning work, Buffalo’s newest hotpot restaurant, Little Lamb, will be open for dinner. Just like you maybe have never encountered such experimental fiction, maybe you’ve never cooked your own meal at a restaurant (essentially). Hotpot is a Mongolian cuisine which allows for diners to extensively customize their meal by adding various condiments, vegetables, noodles, meats, and tofus. Tables will share their broths, making an endless variety of final products. Get experimental!

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