One of the most widely read 20th-century writers, Jin Yong enjoys enormous popularity in the Chinese-speaking world with the panoramic fictional universes he created through his novels. He modernized and elevated the wuxia genre to a new height by blending in poetry, history and fantasy, and his epic novels inspired countless film, television and video game adaptations. His creations have been compared to J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. By the time of his death in 2018, he was the best-selling Chinese author with over 100 million copies of his books sold worldwide. The Renwen Society presents a lecture on July 9 on the literary giant by Prof. Chen Hong, a scholar on Jin Yong, with whom he had also maintained a close personal friendship. At the lecture, Prof. Chen will explore Jin Yong’s place in Chinese literature, unique features of his novels as well as his interactions and exchanges with the master.