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China Miéville and his five earrings

Fiction author China Miéville reads from his book Embassytown at a reading at a bookstore named The World's Biggest Bookstore in Toronto, Canada. The date was May 26, 2011. The science fiction novel was about a trading town at the "very edge of the known universe." China Miéville was born in 1972, so he turned 39 the year this photo was taken.

See our biography of China Miéville