The Camden Conference will present author Xu Xi Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. for her talk titled The Wrong Goodbye for Chinese Hong Kong at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. This event is free and open to all.

In Chinese, goodbye is 再見, meaning “see you again,” but for Hong Kong writer Xu, her birthplace may not be one she can quite “see” again. Xu will talk about what Hong Kong is and is becoming through the lens of her two most recent books, which will be offered for sale at the event.  She also will address the larger question of the shifting balance of superpowers — namely, China and the U.S.A. — that underpin the transnational world of much of her work.

Xu Xi (許素細) is author of five novels, seven collections of short fiction and/or essays and one memoir; and editor or co-editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English.  Her most recent titles are a novel, “That Man In Our Lives” (C&R 2016); memoir “Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy For A City” (Penguin, 2017); and “Insignificance: Hong Kong Stories” (Signal 8, 2018). Forthcoming books include “This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being” (American Lives Series – Univ. Nebraska, March 2019); and “The Art & Craft of Asian Stories,” co-editor (Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2019-20). She is faculty co-director of the International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Vermont College of Fine Arts; co-founder of Authors at Large; and fiction editor-at-large for Tupelo Press.

An Indonesian-Chinese-American diehard transnational, Xu previously inhabited the flight path connecting New York, Hong Kong and the South Island of New Zealand. These days, she splits her life, unevenly, between the state of New York and the rest of the world.

This presentation is hosted by the Rockland Public Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 32nd annual Camden Conference: Is This China’s Century?, set for Feb. 22 through 24. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit camdenconference.org or call 236-1034.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.