Hong Kong International Literary Festival unveils first round of 2017 authors, featuring headliner Amy Tan.
(Hong Kong, 14 July 2017) — The Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF) today announces Amy Tan as a headliner of the seventeenth edition of its annual Festival, which will take place between 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.”
HKILF is thrilled to showcase Korean-American bestselling writer Min Jin Lee. Her latest novel, Pachinko, chronicles the four-generation saga of a Korean family in Japan and is the recipient of praise from numerous media outlets and bestselling authors including Junot Díaz, who describes the book as “a powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world.”
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 coming weeks.
We are proud to announce Bookazine as this year’s official bookseller. Limited stock of HKILF author books are available in Bookazine’s stores across Hong Kong. You can find more information on store locations here.
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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
HKILF, founded in 2001, is an annual event held over ten days each autumn, featuring established and emerging writers from around the world in an extensive programme that includes discussions, literary lunches and dinners, workshops, lectures, debates, book signings, and readings. We are proud to host writers from all over the world, in a variety of genres, and at all stages in their careers, from Nobel laureates to debut authors.
HKILF is organised and coordinated by Hong Kong International Literary Festival Limited, a non-profit, charitable literary arts organisation that also manages the annual Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival.
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Ian Johnson: Sim Chi Yin/VII Photo | Jade Chang: Teresa Flowers | Min Jin Lee: Elena Seibert | Claire Fuller: Adrian Harvey
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香港國際文學節2017公佈首輪作家陣容 譚恩美（Amy Tan）為今屆節目焦點作家
（香港，2017年7月14日） — 香港國際文學節今天公佈第十七屆作家首輪陣容。第十七屆香港國際文學節於11月3日至12日舉行，譚恩美（Amy Tan）將為本屆節目焦點作家。
譚恩美是著名美藉華人作家，作品備受贊譽。《喜福會》、《灶神之妻》、《靈感女孩》、 《接骨師之女》、《沉沒之魚》和《驚奇谷》均是《紐約時報》暢銷書。譚恩美的作品已翻譯成35種語言，亦被改編成電影、電視劇及歌劇。她的最新回億錄《Where the Past Begins》將於十月推出。譚恩美將為本屆文學節晚宴首席講者。
普利茲得獎記者 Ian Johnson亦受邀出席。他的中國報導於2001年獲普利茲獎，新作《The Souls of China: The Return of Religion after Mao》探討現代中國宗教及價值體系的復興 。
2015年德斯蒙德•埃利奧特獎（Desmond Elliot Prize）得獎英國作家Claire Fuller也會一同參與本屆活動。她的得獎小說為《Our Endless Numbered Days》，第二本作品《Swimming Lessons》剛於年初出版，《泰晤士報》表揚其創作精巧、故事扣人心弦。
今屆文學節亦有幸邀請到韓裔美藉暢銷作家Min Jin Lee。她的新作《Pachinko》敘述一個遷居日本的韓裔家庭的心路歷程，故事橫跨四代，廣受傳媒及著名作家誇獎。普利茲得獎作家朱諾·迪亞斯（Junot Díaz）讚譽小說引人深省，披露移民在異國尋找安身之所的滄桑。
新秀作家Jade Chang以趣味盎然的首作《The Wangs vs. the World》出席今屆活動，小說獲《紐約時報》編輯推介，亦獲Buzzfeed、NPR、《Elle》、亞馬遜等媒體列為2016年度最佳書籍之一。
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