Doing research for Don't Cry, Tai Lake, at Wuxi Cadre Recreation Center.
AUGUST 2010: In 2008, "Years of Red Dust" came out in France. In 2009, it was released in German, along with an ARTE TV documentary showing the scenes of the lane (see earlier entry) during the Frankfurt Book Fair. In the same year, the Chinese translation of it appeared, which was selceted by Asia Weekly as one of "ten best books in Asia" that year. The English version of this collection is coming out in September 2010.
Above and below, pictures of Qiu in the actual "Red Dust" lane.
MAY 2009: Qiu recently visited Shanghai and Beijing for a TV-ARTE documentary project. They shot scenes in a variety of locations, including his old home, the places Inspector Chen frequents, the Bund, old shikumen, and the lane upon which Red Dust is based. Qiu says that "it was an exhausting trip, but really fun, in the company of the wonderful producer, Cordula Paetzel."
QIU'S NEW BOOK, "YEARS OF RED DUST," SERIALIZED in LE MONDE in French, starting July 16, 2008.
MAY 2008: Qiu appears on Sexy Beijing, a popular program on China's #1 Internet TV station. He had nothing to do with it -- he was simply written into the program! The YouTube video is here. The caption calls him "the dreamy author of the Detective Chen mystery series."
Click on the links to read interviews with Qiu discussing his life and writings, and reviews of his books.