The Hong Kong International Literary Festival

2017 Festival

Jung Chang, Carol Ann Duffy, Pankaj Mishra and Ken Liu among the authors featured this coming November.

We are delighted to announce more stellar authors to be featured in the 2017 Hong Kong International Literary Festival, which runs from 3 to 12 November.

We are pleased to announce more headliners, along with the full author line-up for the 2017 Hong Kong International Literary Festival, which will take place from 3 to 12 November.

This year, we welcome back headliner Jung Chang, who gained international prominence with her family memoir Wild Swans, which sold over 13 million copies worldwide. She continues to revolutionise historical thinking about China with her book Empress Dowager Cixi. Poet and playwright Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate of the UK, will also be attending. She is the first Scot, the first woman and the first openly LGBTQI-identifying poet to take up the role in 400 years.

Writer and translator Ken Liu has won multiple prizes for science and speculative fiction. His translation of Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem won the Hugo Award and his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, won the Locus Award. Renowned essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra is confirmed to attend with the release of his newest work Age of Anger, an illuminating argument about the roots of current global disorder from Trump’s America to ISIS. Japanese author of The Nakano Thrift Shop, Hiromi Kawakami, will also participate. She has previously been awarded the prestigious Akutagawa Prize and the Tanizaki Prize.

We continue to present a China focus series in our November programme. Distinguished British journalist and China expert Jonathan Fenby edited the South Morning China Post during Hong Kong’s handover and will speak about China’s development and position in the 21st century. Duncan Clark, a recognised expert on the Internet and entrepreneurship in China, offers an insider’s account of one of the world’s most valuable companies with his book Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, named a Book of the Year by The Economist. Social commentator Lijia Zhang, critically acclaimed for her memoir “Socialism is Great!”, moves from fact to fiction with her debut novel, Lotus.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the handover and we are delighted to feature authors from Penguin’s special Hong Kong series including Ben Bland, whose work explores Hong Kong’s post-handover generation, and Antony Dapiran, who offers a well-timed perspective about the city’s protest culture. Xu Xi‘s Dear Hong Kong is a personal farewell address to the place that has shaped so much of the writer’s identity, while Dung Kai-cheung looks back to the cultural and romantic milieu of 90’s Hong Kong with Cantonese Love Stories.

The full line-up of authors is now available on our website. Details of our programme will be released soon. Stay tuned for more announcements!


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