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February 18, 2010

To Read Or Not To Read

To read or not to read – that is the question. Whether it’s the next great literary masterpiece or your very own passionate sonnet du jour, next month the answer will unquestionably be the former! On Thursday, March 11 the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival will kick off its tenth celebratory year with a groundbreaking programme filled with some of the biggest names in the book world. From influential international authors to distinctive new writers to regional and local talent presenting a series of symposiums, soirees, discussions, and debates, this year’s festival promises to intrigue and inspire. Don your most scholarly spectacles (even if they are Ray Ban Wayfarers!) and slip on your collegiate corduroy blazer, we’re going to the literary festival. . .

Tenth Birthday Celebration!
Start the festival on a high note at The Upper House where you will have the chance to mingle with visiting writers, publishers and fellow literature enthusiasts at the celebratory opening soirée. (Wednesday, 10 March, 19:30-21:00, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway)

Writing Across Cultures
Hone your skills and get your creative juices flowing at a two-day creative writing symposium, featuring writers from universities around the region and teachers at some of the world’s top creative writing programmes. (Tuesday, 09 March, The City University of Hong Kong, HK$250)

Asian Imagination
Gain insight into the works of two of Asia’s finest writers, Alex Kuo, whoseLipstick and Other Stories won the first American Book Award ever to go to a Hong Kong author, and Jose Dalisay, whose internationally acclaimed dark comic fiction has helped pave the way for contemporary Filipino novelists. Thursday, 11 March, 15:00-16:30, Frites, 1/F, Queen’s Place, 74 Queen’s Rd, HK$180)

Man Distinguished Lecture: South African Fiction after Apartheid
Enthralled by Invictus? Learn more about the post-apartheid period and the literary themes and trends that have emerged in response to this new socio-political reality in a lecture and discussion by André Brink, one of South Africa’s most distinguished writers. (Friday, 12 March, 19:00 – 20:00, Rayson Huang Theatre, University of Hong Kong,

The Live Poets Society!
Watch live poetry intersect with jazz as a stellar line-up of international poets including Gillian Bickley, Kim Cheng Boey, Marilyn Chin, Jan Cornall and Tanya Hart take to the stage, bringing their enchanting verses alive. (Friday, 12 March, 19:00 – 21:00, The Fringe Club Theatre, 2 Lower Albert Rd, HK$220)

Dim Sum & Then Some Presents: Sex and Literature
Delve into the complex relationship between literature and the erotic and learn about how authors have prevailed over the prejudices and taboos of their times in a discussion with Linda Jaivin, author of the comic-erotic cult classic Eat Me. A fitting Pole Dancing Demo by Pole Paradise Studios to follow. (Saturday, 13 March, 18:30- 20:00, M1NT, 108 Hollywood Rd, HK$150)

The Financial Times Great Debate:China will be a Superpower by 2020
Gain unique perspectives on China’s global role during the recent financial crisis in a debate between pundits John Authers, James Kynge, Edward Luce and Gillian Tett moderated by Asia editor of the Financial Times, David Pilling. (Tuesday, 16 March, 18:00 – 20:00, Atrium, Island Shangri-La Hotel, HK$250)

Travel & Leisure Southeast Asia Presents: A New Factory Town
Journey into the rapidly changing factory towns of the Zhejiang province in a tea-time discussion between Peter Hessler, author of the critically acclaimed River Town and The Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present and fellow travel writer Claire Scobie, author ofLast Seen in Lhasa. (Tuesday, 16 March, 15:30 – 17:00, Man Wah Restaurant, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, HK$440)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Sit down for an intimate dinner and conversation with Junot Díaz, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and the acclaimed short story collection Drown.(Tuesday, 16 March, 19:30-22:00, The Pawn Roof Garden, 62 Johnston Road, HK$600)

Dim Sum & Then Some Presents: Telex from Cuba
Travel into the racy and riveting world of American expats in 1950s Cuba at a luncheon with Rachel Kushner, where she will provide insight into her debut novel, Telex from Cuba, which was nominated for the 2008 National Book Award – moderated by The Piano Teacher’s Janice Lee.(Monday, 15 March, 12:30 – 14:30, The Press Room, 108 Hollywood Rd, $450)

The Final Chapter
Toast to the finale of the Festival with cocktails in the hallow halls of KEE. (Friday, 19 March, 19:30-21:30, Kee Club, 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central)

All that’s left to read now is the epilogue!

Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival
March 11-19, 2010

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