Prof. CAO Wenxuan

Prof. CAO Wenxuan is an acclaimed novelist of children’s literature, best known for winning the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2016. He was the first Chinese author to ever receive the award. In announcing the award, the International Board for Young People’s Jury said Cao “writes beautifully about the complex lives children facing great challenges, He is a deeply committed writer, w\hose own difficult childhood has been deeply influential on his writing in which there are no easy answers.” In 2015, Cao’s Dingding and Dangdang series was selected as one of IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. In 2017, his book Bronze and Sunflower was selected as a Kirkus finalist and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. As professor of Chinese literature at Peking University, Cao’s work has been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Korean. Several of his works have also been adapted into films.

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