The Hong Kong International Literary Festival begins in two weeks. It will take place at various venues throughout the city from March 8-18. This will be my first HK Literary Festival, and I volunteered to help at some of the evening and weekend EVENTS. I haven't confirmed which ones will need me yet, but I will post about the events I attend as they happen. These are some of my top picks and I'll definitely buy tickets for these ones if I don't get to help out:
Three Hacks on China - Thursday, March 10th - 19:30-21:00 - Jonathan Watts, Peter Hessler, Frank Ching
An Evening with Emma Donoghue - Friday, March 11th - 19:00-20:30 - Emma Donoghue
Surviving the Modern World - Sunday, March 13th - 18:00-19:30 - Xu Xi, Rajeev Balasubramanyam, Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
In preparation for these talks, I am planning to read ROOM by Emma Donoghue, COUNTRY DRIVING by Peter Hessler, WHEN A BILLION CHINESE JUMP by Jonathan Watts, and HABIT OF A FOREIGN SKY by Xu Xi. If I have time I'll read the other two Hessler books on his travels in China: RIVER TOWN and ORACLE BONES, and then try to work my way through some of the other authors featured in the festival.
Are any of you Hong Kong people attending the Literary Festival events? Has anyone else read these books before?