Literary lovers, get ready to feast as the M Mini March Literary Festival takes over Glam from March 19-26. Every creed of author will appear from an award-winning master of thrills to a beloved Shanghai figure presenting the final series of her Walking Tours series. We have the full break down for what to look out for. Stay tuned for our full festival coverage here including author interviews and a ticket giveaway.
Mar 19: Francesco Cosentino - Shanghai from Modernism to Modernity
The first correspondent for a Swiss-Italian newspaper, Fracesco Cosentino has published three books: Athlete’s Statues at Beijing Workers Stadium, The Three Temple Pilgrimage: An Ancient Festival of Dali, China and Shanghai from Modernism to Modernity. For that last book, he explores the ongoing relationship between Shanghai’s history and its architecture while introducing some of the big personalities behind the city’s iconic 1920s and 30s buildings.
Mar 19, 11am, RMB75 (RMB35 for kids). Glam, tickets.
Mar 19: Shanghai’s Food Mafia - A Panel of Foodies on Shanghai’s Latest Food Trends
Shanghai is a foody paradise and this panel features four of the city’s finest food critics, including That’s very own Betty Richardson to discuss what the city can’t stop eating these days. For more, check out our Bars & Restaurants section and our latest food reviews (including the new multimedia Japanese concept Anthologia - pictured above).
Mar 19, 1pm, RMB75. Glam, tickets.
Mar 19: Joshua Scher - Here & There
The New York based Hollywood transplant has worked with boxing great Joe Frazier on the popular Behind the Smoke biopic, collaborated with Danny Glover on a one-hour action drama series Jigsaw and is currently in post-production for his upcoming indie film, I’m OK. He recently published his debut novel Here & There with 47 North. For this talk, he’ll explore the emotion in science fiction, while answering the age old question: if Ernest Hemingway and Philip Dick got in a substance abuse contest, who would win
Mar 19, 3pm, RMB75. Glam, tickets.
Mar 19: Tom Rob Smith - The Novelist as Scriptwriter in Today’s Cultural Landscape
The critically acclaimed author of the Child 44 trilogy has been longlisted for a Man Booker Prize while landing an entry in NPR’s Top 100 Thrillers of All-Time. Also a creator of the tense BBC2 drama, London Spy, Smith will discuss the differences between writing novels and TV dramas while examining the different cultural impacts of the two art forms.
Mar 19, 5pm, RMB75. Glam, tickets.
Mar 20: David Hill - Maori Legends of New Zealand
The award-winning young fiction scribe has been blowing the minds of young readers with classics like See Ya, Simon and My Brother’s War. He mixes mythology and geography by sharing the Maori legends of his native New Zealand, “introducing listeners to a part of the world full of magic.”
Mar 20, 11am, RMB75. Glam, tickets.
Mar 20: Tess Johnston & Spencer Dodington - The Who’s Who of the Where’s Where of Old Shanghai
Since moving to Shanghai in 1981 to work at the American Consulate General, Tess Johnson has become a city legend publishing 25 books with photographer Deke Erh with 15 volumes examining Western architecture and the expat experience in old China. Her beloved walking books series comes to an end with the recently released fifth edition, The Who’s Who of Where’s Where of Old Shanghai that focuses on the people behind the buildings. Joining her in this talk is architect Spencer Dodington who recently paid tribute to French architect Paul Veysseyre’s contributions to the former French Concession. Together they’ll discuss some of their favorite buildings and the colorful stories behind them.
Mar 20, 1pm, RMB75. Glam, tickets.
Mar 20: Anna Smaill - The Chimes
New Zealand poet and classically trained violinist Anna Smaill made the Man Booker Prize longlist and won praise from the Huffington Post to Amazon with last year’s The Chimes. Described as “a mind-expanding literary debut,” she crafts an enchanting vision of dystopian London where words and memories are wiped away by an enormous instruments.
Mar 20, 3pm, RMB75. Glam, tickets.
Mar 20: Robert Drewe: Shark vs. Dingo
As one of Australia’s most acclaimed authors, Drewe has mythologized the Australian coast he grew up around as a child throughout works like his latest, The Beach: An Australian Passion. In this talk, he explores “the mythology of the bush vs the beach in Australian writing,” asking participants to cut through the tensions at the heart of Australian storytelling and decide themselves - shark or dingo?
Mar 20, 5pm, RMB75. Glam, tickets.
Mar 21: Eimear McBride: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
Eimear McBride has won awards such as the Goldsmiths Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. The acclaimed work examines family relationships through a unique stream of conscious point of view.
Mar 21, 6pm, RMB75. Glam, tickets.
Mar 22: Blogging Workshop: Amelia Chappelow Launch of M’s Blog Club
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) veteran Amelia Chappelow’s hit blogging workshop returns and will serve as the launch of M’s Blog Club. She’ll discuss writing across genres and projects for the digital landscape. She’ll also showcase some of the best food blogs around and will chat with food blogger Nancy Jenkins from Plus Ate Six.
Mar 22, 3pm, RMB120. Glam, tickets.
Mar 25: Arthur Kroeber China’s Economy - Powerhouse, Menace or the Next Japan?
As founder of the China-focused Gavekal Dragonomics research service, editor of China Economic Quarterly and as head of research at Hong Kong based financial services firm Gavekal, Koeber has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading commentators on China’s economy. He explores the country’s rapid growth in the past three decades while exploring risks like an aging population and a growing national debt that might slow the country’s growth.
Mar 25, noon, RMB120. Glam, tickets.
Mar 26: Francesco Sisci: The Vatican’s New Role in International Affairs
A China based journalist for over two decades, Sisci was the first foreigner to be admitted into China’s top research body, the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Science, where he attained his Ph. D in Chinese Classical Philology and Philosophy. The China in the Name of Law author reflects on his recent interview with the Pope and explores its emerging role as a player within international politics that served as mediator between America and Cuba.
Mar 26, 11am, RMB75. Glam, tickets.
Mar 26: Eleanor Goodman - The Work of Poetry
The latest participant in the M Literary Residency, Goodman is a poet and translator who just completed her first collection of poetry, Nine Dragon Island. The winner of the 2015 Lucien Stryk Prize for her translations of Wang Xiaoni, Something Crosses My Mind, Goodman will introduce her work translating legendary poets from Luk Fung to Xu Lizhi, while previewing her upcoming book Lessons of Glass. Poet and translator Shelly Bryant moderates.
Mar 26, 1pm, RMB75. Glam, tickets.
Mar 26: Jean-François Lépine - Canada’s Leading Journalist on China
For more than 40 years, Lépine has established himself as a giant in Canadian journalism. He’s been stationed in Beijing, Paris and Jerusalem as a CBC correspondent, while being tabbed last November as the Chief Representative of the Quebec government in China. In this talk, he reflects to his time in China during the 1980s while exploring the numerous ways it has developed since then.
Mar 26, 3pm, RMB75. Glam, tickets.
Mar 26: Qiu Xiaolong - Inspector Chen: Cooking Chinese in English
The Shanghai International Liteary Festival staple is the author of the award-winning Inspector Chen series that uniquely captures modern China through the eyes of a poetry-loving cop and his sidekick. In this mouth-watering talk, he discusses the difficulties of capturing culinary experiences in a different language while engaging in the relationship between language and human behavior.
Mar 26, 5pm, RMB75. Glam, tickets.
Stay tuned for our M Mini March Literary Festival coverage here including author interviews and a ticket giveaway.