Born in Taipei in 1967, Ho Chih-Ho earned his M.F.A degree in Creative Writing from National Dong Hwa University. In 2002, he published his first book, a collection of short stories, The Night When the Night Was Lost. Huang Chun-Ming, one of Taiwan’s best-regarded writers, gave it an exceptionally positive review. His first novel, The Melancholy of the White City (2005), was a finalist for The China Times Open Book Award and earned him the reputation as one of the country’s most promising writers. His 2008 novel, The Offshore Island Bible, is considered an essential read for all young men about to embark on their compulsory military service. A second printing was issued after ten days, breaking all sales records for Chinese-language novels in Taiwan.
Paralleling his writing career, Ho also works as a literary translator. He has published many translations, including Don Delillo’s White Noise, which sold 500 copies in one day on books.com, Taiwan’s biggest online bookstore.