Born in Taipei in 1971, Wu Ming-Yi, full professor in the Department of Sinophone Literatures at the National Dong Hwa University, is a writer specialized in fiction and nature writing.
His debut novel, Lord Tiger, a compilation of short stories, garnered the United Daily Literary Award in 1997. Three years later, his first nature writing, The Book of Lost Butterflies, received the Taipei Literature Award and was named the Top Ten Books of the Year (2000) by “Central Daily News”. Wu’s second nature writing, The Dao of Butterflies, published in 2003, received China Times Open Book Award and was further named one of the Ten Most Influential Books of the Year by Kingstone Bookstore.
In 2011, Wu made his big break with his fourth novel, The Man with the Compound Eyes. Ten months after its publication, Harvill Secker (A London-based subsidiary of Random House) acquired the global English right to the novel. In 2012, Harvill Secker sold the American right to Pantheon Books and Vintage Publishing. Soon after, the French Publishing House, Stock, also acquired the French right. Wu is currently writing a novel, The Bicycle Thief (Working Title). His latest work, The Illusionist on the Skywalk, also published in 2011, is a collection of short stories.