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LITFEST 2019: The Best Time of the Year

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Merry merry and happy happy from all of us at M…as a special holiday treat, we’re sharing a teaser of what to expect come spring at the Shanghai International Literary Festival 2019 (Remember! Dates areMarch 14-27, 2019).

The full programme will be released on February 15th and, as always, tickets will be sold exclusively on our website.  

You know we’re not going to divulge *everything*, but IF you were going to do some holiday reading, here are a few of our suggestions…wink, wink.

Celebrated science-fiction writer and winner of the Hugo Award, Hao Jingfang’s (郝景芳) Folding Beijing is an absolute must-read.

Award-winning British-Pakistani writer, Nadeem Aslam, considered “one of the most exciting and serious British novelists writing now” just came out with his latest novel, The Golden Legend. We’ve read it…we suggest you do the same.

Qiu Xiaolong’s (裘小龙) long-awaited new addition to the Inspector Chen series: in Shanghai RedemptionInspector Chen Cao finds himself and his reputation being set up for public disgrace, and possibly worse…a suspenseful drama! 

David Abulafia’s The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranen is a, “magnificent and quite stunningly compendious history of the Mediterranean, with a key to unlocking its rich and turbulent past.” A jewel for all of you history buffs!

Equipped with a historian’s inquiring mind, Billy Griffith’s Deep Time Dreaming seeks to understand the extraordinary deep history of the Australian continent. A one-of-a-kind book, highly recommended!

Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages.” A Litfest Favorite, we can’t wait!

Stay tuned for more information in January…and always check our WeChat for the latest!

 

 

 

ALL THINGS LITERARY

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A Call to Writers for the 2019-20 M Literary Residency

Applications for the Residency open on January 1, 2019 and will close on March 31, 2019 midnight GMT. The winner will be announced on May 31st, 2019

SUBMISSIONS: 

https://mliteraryresidency.submittable.com/submit

The M Residency allows writers with an interest in China to deepen their understanding of this vital and fascinating place. Established in 2009 and fully funded by the M Restaurant Group, the residency has its roots in M’s Shanghai and Beijing Literary Festivals, and aims to foster artistic, cultural and intellectual links between individuals and communities. 

From 2009 to 2016 the residency included one resident in Shanghai and one in India. In 2017, the residency included one resident based in Shanghai and one in Beijing. Since 2018, there has been one resident in Shanghai, China.

For 6-8 weeks in 2019, one writer will have the opportunity to write undisturbed in the heart of this bustling city. The residency is open to writers of prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction and screenwriting.

Some Of  Our Past Recipients…

 

To apply, please use our Submittable page https://mliteraryresidency.submittable.com/submit. For more information regarding the M Literary Residency programme, please visit our official website.

All submissions are due by March 31, 2019 midnight and must be in English or include an English translation.


We’re thrilled to announce the official dates of the Shanghai International Literary Festival. From March 14-27, 2019, the M Restaurant Group will be bringing you the brightest stars of the literary world. 

The full programme will be released on February 4th 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. 

Stay tuned for more information in January…and always check our WeChat for the latest!


 

 

 

M Talks: RE-READING SHANGHAI: CHINESE CHARACTERS DEEP INSIDE SHANGHAI’S OLD LANES

By | Upcoming Events

What secrets and stories of the past does Shanghai have written down for its attentive readers? What handwriting practices survive in the city which seemingly turns towards digital writing? Chinese script is known to accompany paintings, but in fact it tends to accompany in different forms many human creations, serving a number of purposes from informative to magical or decorative. This richly illustrated talk forms an attempt to look more closely at the fascinating connection between the city and writing practices, shaping its look, identity and daily life inside the lanes. It is a celebration of Shanghai urban space maintaining multilayered traces of various hopes and experiences, both in messages provided by the authorities and bottom-up expression of anonymous inhabitants. It is a combination of a broader overview of endangered urban writing practices in Shanghai and more thorough analysis of few of them, to provide insights and inspiration for those bound to Chinese script by passion and creative work.

Karolina Pawlik is an anthropologist, art historian and a poet, who is currently Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California’s and Jiaotong University’s joint Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry. She has been based in Shanghai since 2012, teaching at L’école de design Nantes-Atlantique, Jiaotong University, the ESSCA School of Management, and L’école de Communication Visuelle. Main areas of research and interest include: visual modernism in Shanghai, evolution of writing practices in the 20th and 21st centuries, and transcultural design. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Silesia.

Event detail:

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼
When: 15 Dec 2018 – 4 pm
Tickets: 100 RMB/50 RMB

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THE WALL AT GLAM x SUZHOU COBBLERS

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魅蓝艺术墙 The Wall at Glam 将再次与 Suzhou Cobblers 合作,设计师兼店主黄梦琦以杜可风为魅蓝创作的艺术装置为灵感,制作出一系列限量新品鞋包。本次展览的揭幕派对将于11月9日晚举办,敬请期待。

After a massively successful collaboration with Suzhou Cobblers in 2016, we are thrilled that Denise Huang is joining us again with another exciting range of limited edition shoes & bags inspired by one of Glams  favourites, Christopher DoyleThe Wall at Glam will display Suzhou Cobblers creative designs until the end of this year.

设计灵感 | Design Inspiration

时常想起电影《花样年华》里的场景,那些涌动的光影和扑朔迷离的美至今无法忘怀。有这样一个机会,可以将《花样年华》的摄影师杜可风(Christopher Doyle)的艺术作品融入到我自己的设计,当然是很荣幸的,并非常乐意接受这个有趣的挑战。

反反复复地参看他为魅蓝GLAM制作的一系列艺术拼贴画,就如同与他在对话般,我说:“您可真幽默,美女的云发被你换成了油亮的青口贝,旗袍缝隙间露出的竟是一盘令人垂涎欲滴的蔬菜色拉。”我是有点明白了你的意图,所以接下来就看我的吧。作为手工鞋、面料、灯笼、饰品设计师的我,会用本人独特的方式来制作完成这次魅蓝艺术墙的设计。美女、美食,将会怎样展现在大家的眼前呢?敬请期待11月9日举办的魅蓝艺术墙揭幕酒会!

Perhaps best known for his work on films like “In the Mood for Love,” artist and cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, has been an inspiration for Suzhou Cobblers designs for many years. When GLAM offered me the chance to incorporate his work into designs for my handbags and shoes, I jumped at the opportunity. It is an honor and a pleasure to embrace this challenge.

The Glam Girls that welcome guests at the entrance are at once beautiful and whimsical. A gorgeous lady’s hair is replaced with mussels; a Qipao is filled out by a salad of vegetables. Such rich and colorful imagery creates a world of possibility… one I look forward to sharing with everyone at the opening party on November

产品面料 | Product Material

本次魅蓝艺术墙展示的手工鞋及手包所使用的面料非常独特,全都由Waste2Wear特制。Waste2Wear是一家专业制作环保面料的公司,其产品制作的原材料都源于废旧塑料瓶。

The hand-made shoes and handbags displayed on ‘The Wall at Glam’ are very unique and all specially produced with material by Waste2Wear. Shanghai-based Waste2Wear makes environmentally friendly fabrics from plastic bottles. https://www.waste2wear.com/news

快闪店 | Suzhou Cobblers x Glam Girls Pop Up 

魅蓝艺术墙揭幕酒会当日,Suzhou Cobblers会在魅蓝的私人包厢内设置快闪店,大家将有机会直接购买限量款鞋包。

We will set up a small pop-up shop in our glamorous private room & will be selling a limited supply of the bags and shoes from this line. We look forward to seeing you all at the launch party, if you don’t come you might just miss out!

 

Denise HUANG Meng Qi 黃夢琦

上海设计师黄梦琦将她家乡的时髦元素巧妙地融入了她设计的刺绣鞋品、手包、及服饰衣帽中。

Shanghai-born designer Denise Huang produces Chinese slippers, shoes, handbags, hats and clothing that recall her hometown’s stylish roots.

Suzhou Cobblers

上海市福州路17号101室

17 Fuzhou Road, Shanghai

Tel: +8621 6321 7087

SHOWROOM HOURS 

Everyday 10:00am – 6:30pm

www.suzhou-cobblers.com

– Photo by Gràinne Quinlan

LAUNCH PARTY: THE WALL AT GLAM x SUZHOU COBBLERS

By | Past Events

THE WALL AT GLAM SUZHOU COBBLERS

– Official Launch Party – IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

魅蓝艺术墙“花样年华”揭幕派对

魅蓝艺术墙 The Wall at Glam 将再次与 Suzhou Cobblers 合作,设计师兼店主黄梦琦以杜可风为魅蓝创作的艺术装置为灵感,制作出一系列限量新品鞋包。本次展览的揭幕派对将于11月9日晚举办,敬请期待。

After a massively successful collaboration with Suzhou Cobblers in 2016, we are thrilled that Denise Huang is joining us again with another exciting range of limited edition shoes & bags inspired by one of Glams favourites, Christopher Doyle.

The Wall at Glam will display Suzhou Cobblers creative designs until the end of this year.

Dress Code:

快闪店  Suzhou Cobblers x Glam Girls Pop Up 

魅蓝艺术墙揭幕酒会当日,Suzhou Cobblers会在魅蓝的私人包厢内设置快闪店,大家将有机会直接购买限量款鞋包。

We will set up a small pop-up shop in our glamorous private room & will be selling a limited supply of the bags and shoes from this line. We look forward to seeing you all at the launch party, if you don’t come you might just miss out!

Event detail:

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼
When: 9th Nov 2018 – 8pm

Appreciating the String Quartet: Two Masterpieces by Mozart and Shostakovich

By | Upcoming Events

Mozart, Shostakovich and the two Joe’s

The relationships between composers and heads of government has a long, rich history.  Monteverdi had a string of royal patrons as did Bach whose supporters included  Frederick the Great.  Haydn had his Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy for whose family he served as Musical Director (Kapellmeister) for almost 30 years. The relationship between Wagner and the “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria has been celebrated in film. Perhaps no two composers had more contrasting relationships with their sovereign leaders–both ironically named Joseph–than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Dimitri Shoshtakovich whose works we will hear on Sunday, November 25th.

Mozart actively sought out a relationship with Emperor Joseph II of Austria who was known as the “Musical King” due to his modest musical gifts and valuable patronage of the arts.  The twenty-five year-old Mozart wrote to his father in 1781, “My main goal right now is to meet the emperor in some agreeable fashion, I am absolutely determined he should get to know me. I would be so happy if I could whip through my opera for him and then play a fugue or two, for that’s what he likes.”  Mozart did meet the emperor the later that year and was afforded various degrees of patronage over the next nine years or so.  This support was despite the fact that Joseph found Mozart’s music a bit to showy for his taste, the emperor preferring a plainer style that he associated with German music. However Mozart was of assistance to Joseph as well.  One of the emperor’s many reforms was to cement German as the official language of the empire.  To Joseph’s delight, Mozart wrote two operas, The Abduction at the Seraglio and The Magic Flute with German libretti instead of Italian, the more usual choice for the time.

In contrast, Shostakovich faced imminent imprisonment, or even execution, twice in his long cat-and-mouse drama with Joseph Stalin.  Like Adolph Hitler at the other end of the political spectrum, Stalin despised modernist music and was determined to force composers to write music that was easy to understand by the proletariat and which upheld socialist values.  Shostakovich’s earlier music that often exhibited sharp dissonances and a sardonic wit was a clear target.  In 1936 at the beginning of the era called the Terror when many out of favor public figures were imprisoned or killed by the state, Stalin walked out, clearly unhappy after a performance of Shostakovich’s operatic masterpiece Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.  Afterwards the composer was mercilessly criticized in the Soviet press which accused him of “formalism” or adopting the forms of established Western music.

Feeling that the upcoming premier of his Fourth Symphony would seal his fate, Shoshakovich cancelled the performance.  It is widely felt that this act likely saved his life.

Shostakovich slowly returned to favor during the War, but again in 1948 Shostakovich and many other Russian composers including Prokofiev were accused of writing non-Russian, Western influenced “formalist” music.   Most of Shostakovich’s works were consequently banned from performance with the government withdrawing his family privileges and financial support.  So certain was Shostakovich of arrest that he he would spend the night on the landing by the elevator, so that at least his family would not be disturbed.  The composer was forced to write blatantly patriotic pieces like the cantata, Song of the Forests, which praised Stalin as the “great gardener”. Only after Stalin’s death in 1953 did Shostakovich find a degree of stability, but the successive political ordeals seemed to have left permanent emotional scars on the composer.

On November 25th we will hear two masterpieces by Mozart and Shostakovich.  From Mozart we will hear his String Quartet number 14, also called “The Hunt”, and dedicated to one of his idols,  Joseph Haydn.  We will hear Shostakovich’s ninth String Quartet written in 1964 and dedicated to his third wife Irina Antonovna whom he married in 1962.

This magnificent music will be played by the young, award-winning Gallant Quartet fresh from their third place finish in the Shanghai Chamber Music Competition last May, and more recently, second place winners of the Schoenfeld International Competition in July.  Come and hear this dynamic young ensemble play at a technical and artistic level far above their years.

For this performance we are delighted to have M Talks as co-hosts!  We look forward to adding many new chamber music lovers to our ranks!

As always I encourage pre-listening to better appreciate the live performance:

For the Mozart:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYTuXWxNhxo

For Shostakovich:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcwvCmu34Xw

See you on November 25th at 4:00pm at Glam!

Bob Martin

 

Event detail:

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼
When: 25th Nov 2018 – 4 pm
Tickets: 180 RMB/85 RMB

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M Talks China: Organizing the Myriad Beings

By | Upcoming Events

Organizing the Myriad Beings. From traditional knowledge about plants to the science of botany in China.

 

Nicholas K. Menzies
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California.

In the 1960s, Joseph Needham asked why China, after being at the forefront of science until perhaps the early Ming dynasty, apparently later fell so far behind the west.  ‘Organizing the Myriad Beings’ looks at Needham’s question through the story of how traditional knowledge of plants in China gave way to scientific botany over a period of about a hundred years between 1850 – 1950. ‘Organizing the Myriad Beings’ traces the history of one species in particular, the camellia, to illustrate what made scientific botany different from traditional knowledge about plants. It tells how early botanists in China found themselves moving between alternative ways of observing, classifying and describing the world at a time of profound political and cultural change. Their story encourages us to reflect about the different ways in which people make sense of the diversity of “the myriad beings” in the natural world that surrounds us.

Event detail:

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼
When: 1st Dec 2018 – 4 pm
Tickets: 100 RMB/50 RMB

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M TALKS: Rae Spoon Performance and Screening

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My Prairie Home:

In this feature documentary-musical by Chelsea McMullan, indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, the film features Spoon crooning about their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician.

Rae Spoon is an award-winning non-binary musician and author. They have released nine solo albums spanning folk, indie rock and electronic genres and have toured across Canada and internationally. Rae was the subject and composer of the score for the National Film Board–produced musical-documentary My Prairie Home, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Rae owns and runs an indie record label called Coax Records that has released fifteen albums by Canadian and international artists. They have been nominated for two Polaris Prizes, a Lambda Literary Award and a Western Canadian Music Award.

Event detail:

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼
When: 18 Nov 2018 – 4 pm
Tickets: 100 RMB/50 RMB

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M Talks: Australian Writers

By | Past Events

AUSTRALIAN WRITERS: SUNDAY OCTOBER 21st 2018

 

Displacements and Disconnections:

What does it mean for a person to be removed from his or her accustomed environment, or to never really come to terms with that environment in the first place? How does memory and its mutability influence how we behave in the present and the decisions we make for the future? And what is the role of the novelist in today’s seemingly ever more dystopian and disjointed reality? Can a good book really change the way readers think or feel? Dr. Josephine Wilson’s prize-winning work Extinctions examines the life of a man struggling with things familial and familiar, while Dr. Mirandi Riwoe’s acclaimed novella The Fish Girl tells of a girl taken from her village and made to work in an utterly alien environment. This afternoon our celebrated authors will discuss their thoughts on these questions and more, and offer us a taste of the projects that have brought them here to Shanghai.

 

Dr Josephine Wilson

Dr Josephine Wilson is an acclaimed author. Her novel Extinctions won the 2017 Miles Franklin Award and the 2017 Colin Roderick Award. In 2018 Wilson’s first novel, Cusp (2005), will be re-released, along with her non-fiction essay exploring international adoption, forthcoming in The Dangerous Book of Mothers. During her exchange Josephine will write a new work of non-fiction that begins with the adoption of a child.

Born in Lincolnshire, England, Josephine Wilson migrated to Australia with her family at the age of 6. Dr Wilson holds a Masters from the University of Queensland, and a PhD from the University of Western Australia (UWA). Her publications include creative works (performance, poetry, the novel) and essays and reviews in the interdisciplinary arts. She is the recipient of Australia Council grants, and has sat as a peer for both the Australia Council and the West Australian Department of Culture and the Arts. She was a 2015 finalist in the national ACU Poetry Prize. She has also worked as a dramaturg, and taught across the fields of literary theory and creative writing, cultural studies, performance art and theatre, and visual arts. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan and Murdoch universities, supervised Masters and Honours students, and taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Creative Writing and Visual Arts. Josephine is a respected practitioner with a strong interest in contemporary West Australian art and currently sits on the Board of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).

Dr Mirandi Riwoe

Dr Mirandi Riwoe (also known as M. J. Tjia) is a Brisbane-based writer. She has been shortlisted for Overland’s Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, the Josephine Ulrick Short Story Prize and the Luke Bitmead Bursary. She has also been longlisted for the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize and CWA (UK) Dagger Awards. Her work has appeared in Review of Australian Fiction, Rex, Peril and Shibboleth and Other Stories. Her first full-length novel, She be Damned, will be released by Legend Press (UK) in 2017. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies (QUT). Her novella The Fish Girl was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize and was the winner of the 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella Prize.

At the Shanghai Writers’ Centre, Mirandi will research and develop her new novel Gold Mountain Woman exploring women and Chinese gold diggers in 19th century North Queensland.

Event detail:

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼
When: 21 Oct 2018 – 4 pm
Tickets: 85 RMB/40 RMB

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M – 米氏酷爽夏日冰镇鸡尾酒 Summer in the City, HOT Cocktails to Cool Off~

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炎炎夏日,酷暑难当~ 米氏冰镇爽口的鸡尾酒如沙漠绿洲 为您带去丝丝清凉~

入夜时分,露台悠坐,望浦江两岸华灯初上,杯中美酒光影交错,人生得意尽在此时…

Summer time’s hot in the city, but so are our cocktails! Enjoy our refreshing cocktails on our gorgeous terrace and cool off with drinks like M’s Summer Delights or M’s Lemongrass Martini…best served before dinner and ice cold, of course.

Lemongrass Martini [Lemongrass infused Vodka, with Lillet]

Tom Collins [Tanqueray, fresh sour mix, topped with soda]

Summer Delights [Havana 3 yo Rum, mint, strawberry, basil & sparkling wine]

 

 

 

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