Emperor of the Eight Islands Book Launch with Lian Hearn
Bestselling author Lian Hearn captivated a generation of readers with her extaordinary, genre-busting Tales of the Otori series. Now, eight years after the release of the final Otori book, Lian returns to the same world with The Tale of Shikanoko series, set 300 years before Otori.
Hearn weaves an intricate tapestry – seething with intrigue, adventure and love – of two rival clans struggling over who will be crowned Emperor of the Eight Islands, in a medieval Japanese country inhabited by warriors, assassins, ghosts and guardian spirits. And as the laws of destiny play out their inexorable drama, so the battle for the Lotus Throne begins.
Join us in celebrating the publication of the first book in this epic new literary series, Emperor of the Eight Islands.
Lian Hearn read Modern Languages at Oxford and worked as an editor and film critic in England before emigrating to Australia. She is passionate about Japanese mythology, has studied the Japanese language and makes regular trips to Japan as part of her writing process. Lian is based in Mullumbimby, NSW.
Her beloved Tales of the Otori series comprises five volumes: Across the Nightingale Floor, Grass for His Pillow, Brilliance of the Moon, The Harsh Cry of the Heron and Heaven’s Net is Wide. The series was followed by two standalone novels, Blossoms and Shadows and The Storyteller and his Three Daughters, also set in Japan.
19:00–20:30 Where: Books Kinokuniya, Sydney