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March 4, 2011

True Lit

So the Oscars have come and gone and this year’s line-up of dramatic storylines, cutting edge scripts and heartfelt characters have inspired you to once again revisit the idea that you were really born for Hollywood.  How is it that you are yet to receive your own smoldering gold statue?   Well perhaps it’s a knock-out script that you need? (Two words, Tom Hooper). Brimming with food for thought is this year’s Hong Kong Literary Festival.  Feast your creative mind on the ins and outs of the latest in fiction, non-fiction and current affairs in perfectly paired surroundings.  It’s going to be a culture-filled week!  Bring your Director’s thinking cap, you never know what you’ll find…

True LitMrs. Moneypenny
Tuesday, 08 March 2011, 12:00noon – 1:30pm, KEE Club
Think having it all is impossible?  Not for Mrs. Moneypenny! A former investment banker with a PhD from the University of Hong Kong, Financial Times columnist and heralded author Mrs Moneypenny is a working mother of three who runs a business in London, and writes a column which appears every week in the FT Weekend Magazine. She will speak at KEE Club over a buffet lunch and give further insight into her books: Survival in the City (2003), Mrs Moneypenny: Email from Tokyo (2006) and Mrs Moneypenny: Credit Crunch (2009).  Ticket Price: $450.00 (including lunch)

But That’s Taboo in Singapore
Tuesday, 08 March 2011, 4:00 – 5:30pm, KEE Club
Go behind Singapore’s squeaky clean exterior and delve into the topics of homosexuality, adultery, and prostitution in a provocative session with Suchen Christine Lim, one of Singapore’s most talented and distinguished writers. She will discuss her award winning and eye-opening books and recently published collection of short stories, which was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize.  Ticket Price: $250.00

**DSTS Reader Contest** DSTS has exclusive tickets to this event. For your chance to win a pair of complimentary tickets, email and let us what was the best book you read in 2010 and why!

Three Hacks on China
Thursday, 10 March 2011, 7:30 – 9:00pm, Club Lusitano
Guess who’s coming to dinner? Join Jonathan Watts, author of When a Billion Chinese Jump, and Peter Hessler, author of Country Driving, in conversation with Hong Kong based writer and commentator Frank Ching as they share their experiences and the pitfalls, shortfalls, joys and frustrations reporting and interpreting China today Ticket Price: $500.00 (including dinner)

Factory Girls
Friday, 11 March 2011, 7:30 – 8:30, Pacific Place Conference Centre
Decades after Warhol and Sedgwick’s factory days, celebrated author and former China correspondent for the Wall Street Journal Leslie Chang takes us deep within the lives of the factory workers of the Guangdong Province in her multi-award winning book Factory Girls. “An exceptionally vivid and compassionate depiction of the day-to-day dramas, and the fears and aspirations, of the real people who are powering China’s economic boom,” according to the New York Times Book Review, don’t miss this unique chance to meet Ms. Chang and hear about her mind-blowing experiences. Ticket Price: $130.00

The Magic of Picture Books
Sunday, 13 March 2011, 10:30 – 11:30am,  Hullett House: Mariners’ Rest
Take your favourite tot to Sunday brunch with a side of storytelling fun! Children’s author, Aleesah Darlison, will read from her picture books including Puggle’s Problem and bring the stories to life with toys and soft puppets. Ticket Price: $350.00 for one child (3-5 years) and one adult and includes drinks and snacks.

The Financial Times Great Debate: Is the globalisation of culture a force for good?
Tuesday, 15 March 2011, 6:00 – 8:00pm, Grand Hyatt
Will the spread of global consumer brands and popular icons turn the planet into one big shopping mall at the expense of local culture? Or can a shared culture help promote common values and international understanding? Will America continue to be the dominant cultural power, or will emerging nations, such as China, soon be setting cultural trends internationally? To debate these and other questions, the Financial Times presents an evening featuring FT writers Lucy Kellaway, Jan Dalley, Peter Aspden and Simon Kuper. David Pilling, Asia editor, will moderate. Ticket Price: $280 (including cocktail reception)

Eat Pray Bullfight: A (Chinese) American Woman Matador in Spain
Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Uno Mas
Singapore-born American novelist Wena Poon is taking the bull by the horns, literally! Her most recent best-selling book Alex y Robert, which tells the story of an American woman who trains to become matador in modern Spain, was picked up as a 10-episode show on BBC Radio before it was even published.  Enjoy an authentic Spanish lunch as the author’s fully charged stories come to life in conversation with Stephen McCarty, Editor-In-Chief of the Asia Literary Review. Ticket price includes lunch. Ticket Price: $400.00 (including lunch)

In Conversation with Nick Malgieri
Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 3:30 – 5:00, The Press Room
Dig in as Nick Malgieri, one of America’s leading bakers and cookbook authors who appears regularly on the Food Network and Martha Stewart, speaks with Susan Jung, Food and Wine Editor for the South China Morning Post about whether it’s possible to prepare an authentic dish thousands of miles from its country of origin and many more mouth-wateringly provocative topics.  Ticket Price: $230.00 (including savoury canapes featured in Malgieri’s latest book BAKE!)

High Heels and Politics
Friday, 18 March 2011, 3:30 – 5:00pm, The Press Room
Jessica Rudd, the glamorous daughter of the former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd used her insider knowledge of politics to create Campaign Ruby, a chick-lit book with bite, which eerily predicts her father’s political demise. Get the full story as speaks with Douglas Kerr, Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong over tea at The Press Room. Ticket Price: $380.00

One of these could well hold the answer to your Oscar destiny.  Get booking!

The Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2011
8-18 March 2011

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