米氏文学节 #LITFEST2020 Pre-reading List

By January 15, 2020 Events, News, Upcoming Events

With the Chinese New Year holiday coming up, it’s a great time to grab a book and get excited for the 2020 Shanghai International Literary Festival. Preview the authors we have in store for this year and cozy up with one (or a few) of their books: 

 

For the history buffs…

Katya Knyazeva – SHANGHAI OLD TOWN: THE WALLED CITY. Knyazeva takes a stroll back in time on the streets of old Shanghai and tells the stories of the city’s former inhabitants. 

For dystopia lovers…

Chen Qiufan (Stanley Chen) – THE WASTE TIDE. An environmental dystopian sci-fi, Chen’s book centers on electronic waste recycling, in a landscape he based on real experiences from his hometown in Shantou, Guangdong. Themes of class struggle, bioweapons, and waste fill the novel. 

For those with an aesthetic eye…

Kassia St. Clair – THE SECRET LIVES OF COLOR. Dive into the history, symbolism, and significance of colors. St. Clair explains the importance color has to humans.

For those who cross cultures…

Elisa Shua Dusapin – THE PACHINKO MARBLES. Shua Dusapin is of Korean and French decent, and uses her international perspective in her award winning prose.

For the ones who love BAIJIU…

Derek Sandhaus – BAIJIU: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CHINESE SPIRITS. As the educational director of Ming River Baijiu, Sandhaus has the tough job of sipping and savoring local spirits to become an expert on China’s much-loved national drink, Baijiu. The world’s most consumed alcohol has never looked so exciting, as we are introduced to the development and birth of grain-based alcohol. 

For people who love dinosaurs… 

Michael Benton – THE DINOSAURS REDISCOVERED. Benton shares the leaps in paleontology that have brought us closer than ever to the creatures that once ruled the Earth. 

The full programme will be released on February 15th and tickets will be exclusively sold on our website. Our headliner sessions move fast so make sure to bookmark the ones you’re dying to see and act quickly once tickets go on sale. 

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