The Last Love Letter from Norman Bethune, a 40,000 word long creative non-fiction piece by Yan Li, has been published in the March issue of People’s Literaturemagazine, a top publication in China. Li, Director of the Confucius Institute and Coordinator of the Chinese language program, East Asian Studies, conducted research for her story through interviews with Bill Smith in London, Ontario (pictured above). "His unique family story inspired me for the research and writing about it," says Li.
The Editor’s note was highly supportive of her work, saying, “There is a lively and real Norman Bethune in this story, vividly displaying his emotional world as an ordinary person, his home country and his adopted country, plus the power of unusual idealism which supported him.”
Another work by Li has been featured in a different publication this month: Thoughts on Bilingual Creative Writing and Translation, 8,500 words, Forum for Chinese Literature of the World journal, Issue #1 2015, published by Academy of Social Sciences of Jiangsu Province, China.