The Hong Kong International Literary Festival

2017 Festival

Hong Kong International Literary Festival unveils first round of 2017 authors, featuring headliner Amy Tan.

We are thrilled to announce Amy Tan as a headliner of the seventeenth edition of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, which runs from 3 to 12 November 2017.

A definitive Asian-American literary voice, Amy Tan is the award-winning author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning and Valley of Amazement, all of which are New York Times bestsellers. With millions of copies in print, Tan’s works are translated into 35 languages and have been adapted for film, television and opera. Her latest memoir, Where the Past Begins, is due for release in October. Tan will participate in this year’s Festival Gala Dinner.

Joining the line-up is journalist Ian Johnson, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his coverage of China. His new book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion after Mao, explores the resurgence of religion and value systems in China.

British author Claire Fuller, winner of the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize with Our Endless Numbered Days, is also confirmed to attend. Her critically acclaimed second novel, Swimming Lessons, was published earlier this year. The Times describes the book as “thrilling, transporting, delicately realised and held together by a sophisticated sense of suspense.”

We look forward to presenting Korean-American bestselling writer Min Jin Lee. Her latest novel, Pachinko, chronicles the four-generation saga of a Korean family in Japan and has received rave reviews since its release.

American novelist Jade Chang will be making an appearance with her hilarious debut, The Wangs vs. the World, which is listed as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and one of the best books of 2016 by Buzzfeed, NPR, Elle, Amazon and others.

More announcements will be made in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates!


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Photo credit 
Ian Johnson: Sim Chi Yin/VII Photo | Jade Chang: Teresa Flowers | Min Jin Lee: Elena Seibert | Claire Fuller: Adrian Harvey

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