Off The Page: Risky Business with R. F. Kuang

May 26, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: International Literature Festival Dublin.

‘A wild ride. Darkly funny, it tackles cancel culture and cultural appropriation with razor sharp wit.’ – Louise O’Neill

ILFD is delighted to present a special Off The Page event with New York Times bestselling author R. F. Kuang. In her first foray into thriller and general fiction, Yellowface tackles themes of diversity and cultural appropriation in a razor-sharp novel packed with white lies, black humour, and deadly consequences. Exploring themes of ambition, greed, and privilege, Kuang’s satirical chops and sharp wit are on full display.

When literary darling Athena Liu dies in a freak accident, June Hayward steals her unpublished manuscript and publishes it as her own under the ambiguous name Juniper Song. But as evidence piles up and threatens to undo all of June’s stolen success, she’ll discover exactly how far she’s willing to go to hold on to what she thinks she deserves.

From the writer of Babel and The Poppy War series, discover a new story that The Guardian has hailed as ‘Hotly tipped satire of white privilege and identity’.

Join R. F. Kuang in conversation with writer and broadcaster Louise McSharry.


R. F. Kuang is a Marshall Scholar, Chinese-English translator, and the Astounding Award-winning and the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Award nominated author of the Poppy War trilogy and the no. 1 New York Times and no. 2 Sunday Times bestseller Babel.

Presented by International Literature Festival Dublin with kind support by HarperCollins.

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Wed 7 June

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Liberty Hall

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€15 / €12.50

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