Shanghai's literary event of the year kicks off this Thursday, and tickets are selling fast. Check out the full schedule here, and read on for our list of a few highlight talks and book premieres.
Progress & Prosperity
Architect Daan Roggeveen discusses urban landscapes and the concept of the Chinese megacity, with a special focus on Shanghai. He’s the editor of Progress & Prosperity – The Chinese City as Global Urban Model.
Mar 15, 12pm, tickets here.
Book Launch: The Invisible Valley
Chinese novelist Su Wei, who worked on a rubber plantation during the
Cultural Revolution and now teaches at Yale, debuts the English edition
of his experimental adventure novel The Invisible Valley with his
translator Austin Woerner.
Mar 16, 12pm, tickets here.
White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World
of the biggest names on the roster this year, Geoff Dyer is an
acclaimed British writer and cultural critic. He’ll be reading from his
latest book of travel writing, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World.
Mar 16, 6pm, tickets here.
From a Bee to an Iceberg
Laline Paull’s debut work The Bees is a sci-fi thriller set in a
beehive that became a bestseller and international sensation. She’ll be
reading from her latest work, a suspense story about the melting Arctic
waters called The Ice, and discussing the way environmentalism and
politics inspired her writing. Stay tuned for our interview with Paull
later this week.
Mar 17, 4pm, tickets here.
Creating Art on Multimedia Platforms
novelist and artist Dan Goldman reads from his paranormal horror comic
Red Light Properties, and discusses creating art via multimedia
Mar 17, 6pm, tickets here.
Hunting with Eagles: In the Realm of the Mongolian Kazakhs
his book Hunting with Eagles, award-winning photographer Palani Mohan
spent four years documenting the burkitshi, Kazakh nomads who live in
the desolate Altai Mountains and work together with the birds to hunt
for food. Stay tuned for our interview with Mohan later this week.
Mar 18, 12pm, tickets here.
FT Great Debates
Fest’s annual debate featuring journalists from the Financial Times
tackles the critically timely subject of North Korea. Asia Editor Jamil
Anderlini leads a talks asking — “Is Pyongyang the biggest threat to
world peace, or could the American president be the one pushing the
region and the world towards nuclear Armageddon?” This debate features extra seating and is expected to sell out — M Literary Festivals would like to thank the B5 Salon for enabling them to host so many more people for this special event.
Mar 18, 4pm, tickets here.
The Personal in the Local, the Local in the Global
Eleanor Goodman, Daryl Lim Wei Jie and Alice Pettway, whose writing and
experiences span Beijing, Bogotá, Boston, Singapore, Mozambique and
Shanghai, explore 21st century tensions both political and cultural.
David Perry, Writing Program Lecturer at NYU Shanghai, moderates the
Mar 20, 12pm, tickets here.
a highlight event for anyone interested in feminism, three of
Australia’s leading writers, all of whom have won or been nominated for
the Stella Prize for women writers, discuss their work. Novelist
Charlotte Wood is joined by memoirist, novelist and Aboriginal activist
Alexis Wright, and poet and non-fiction writer Fiona Wright.
Mar 23, 12pm, tickets here.
A Line Made by Walking
up-and-coming Irish novelist Sara Baume, whose debut novel Spill Simmer
Falter Wither was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award,
discusses her latest novel, A Line Made by Walking.
Mar 25, 2pm, tickets here.