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Author Yiyun Li discusses her latest work


In "Kinder Than Solitude," Chinese-American writer Yiyun Li looks at growing up in Beijing in the wake of the massacre at Tianamen Square.

Critical acclaim followed the release of "Kinder Than Solitide," with The New Yorker writing that the book makes "an intricately plotted mystery into something more profound, one that queries the meaning of crime and punishment in the moral murk of contemporary China."

In an interview with WBFO's Mike Desmond, Yiyun Li acknowledges that her book follows the basic literary connection that "all writing has some autobiographical elements."

Of the book's characters, she says, "Some of their memories are my memories."

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.