HC Hsu was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Steel Gate to Freedom: The Life of Liu Xiaobo
out now from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
2015 Housatonic Book Award
2015 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
2015 Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award
Middle of the Night: Essays from Deerbrook Editions
When serotonin levels in the brain are pulled to their highest, aching peak.
When the soul ventures away from its cage.
When a woman exchanged stories for her life.
When men, drunk, spoke to each other of love.
Night is when ‘ghosts and demons are most powerful,’ when men turn into wolves.
Night is for dreamers. Night is for insomniacs.
Night is death. Night is rest. Night is wandering.
Night is waiting.
‘Hsu’s attempt at jotting down those little epiphanies, fleeting moments, small joys and silent pains that fill up our lives, is like a photographer’s effort to capture a pose’s pause. The vanity of such an endeavour is, paradoxically, what makes the reading of Middle of the Night a deeply moving experience.’
– Paul Giffard-Foret, review in Mascara