Linda Jaivin is a writer of some discipline but minimal bondage. In other words, she wants it both ways - serious and funny. And who could blame her? She can do it both ways. — Canberra Times




Tuesday 4 May 2021, 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra.


Book Launch and Panel Discussion: What is Chinese History Good For?

Some people turn to Chinese history for clues to China’s present. Others look to it as the missing piece in the puzzle of world history as it’s typically taught in the west. And still others find joy simply in exploring topics ranging from the intellectual and cultural life of Chinese cities in dynastic times to the stories of China’s first feminists, the origins of Daoism, or even the history of history in China itself.

Panel moderated by Benjamin Penny, including Esther Sunkyung Klein, Yayun Zhu and Linda Jaivin.

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Wednesday 5 May 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm

Muse Bookroom, Canberra.


Hosted by Yun Jiang, with introductions by Daniel Sanderson & Paul Eldon

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Tuesday 11 May 2021, 7-8 PM

Royal Oak Balmain, 36 College Street, Balmain, Sydney (organised by Roaring Stories Bookshop, Balmain).


Hosted by Jennifer Byrne: Info & Tickets



Thursday 13 May 2021, 6.00pm

Gleebooks, 9 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney.


Hosted by Benjamin Law

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Tuesday 18 May 2021, 6 for 6:30

Honkas Bar + Eats, 11 Roslyn Street (organised by Potts Point Bookshop)


Hosted by Rick Morton

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Thursday 20 May 2021, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane.


Hosted by Anita Heiss.

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Friday 21 May 2021, 12.00pm

Griffith University, Centre for Governance and Public Policy (CGPP) and the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR), Griffith, NSW.


Seminar on The Shortest History of China

Chaired by Kai He and Sue Trevaskes

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Thursday 27 May 2021, 6.00pm for 6.30pm

Readings bookstore, The Collective, 139 Elgin St, Carlton, Melbourne.

In conversation with The Honourable Kevin Rudd


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About me

Linda Jaivin is an Australian writer, the author of twelve books (seven novels and five works of non-fiction including the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World). Her newest book is The Shortest History of China, due out in May 2021 with Black Inc in Australia and in September 2021 in the US with The Experiment and in the UK with Old Street Publishing. She lives in Sydney.

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