Yu Hua is the author of To Live (Anchor Books, 2003) and Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (Pantheon, 2003), a selection of the B&N Discover Great New Writers program. Born in 1960 in Zhejiang, China, Yu finished high school during the Cultural Revolution and worked as a dentist for five years before beginning to write in 1983. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. In 2002 he became the first Chinese writer to win the prestigious James Joyce Foundation Award. To Live was made into a movie directed by Zhang Yimou that won the Grand Prize at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. Yu lives in Beijing.