Kan Yao-Ming is hailed as Taiwan’s foremost ‘Neo Nativist’ writer, successfully mixing farce, tall tales, folk legend and collective memories to create his own uniquely magic realist world. Like a magician of words, he writes with a highly experimental but always accessible style. Kan’s reputation was first built on two collections of short stories, The Mysterious Train, and The School of The Water Spirit, and later Tales at a Funeral. His short fiction has won numerous awards and is often chosen for ‘Best of the Year’ anthologies. He is two-time winner of the China Times Open Book Award.