Archive for February, 2012

Q and A with Courtney Wing

When Courtney Wing arrives in Beijing a few weeks from now, he plans to dedicate his free time (Wing will be performing at both BLF and JUE) to a very important project. Wing will pit the wok-masters of his native Vancouver against those of our fine city and lend his taste buds to answering that gnarly […]

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Event Spotlight: SLAM! at 2 Kolegas

This event is going to be — in the unfiltered words of one to-remain-unnamed BLF staffer — “B-A-N-A-N-A-S.” WHAT: SLAM! WHERE: 2 Kolegas WHEN: March 17, 21:00 WHO: Three awesome international performers Tim Clare, Luka Lesson, Courtney Wing WHY (you should come):  Two  performance poets (Clare and Lesson) + one talented Canadian multi-instrumentalist Wing = a must-see explosion of slam […]

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The Opium War Event Cancelled, Online Chat with Julia Lovell Added

The Opium War -Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China (3/17) event with Julia Lovell has been cancelled. However, while Julia Lovell is unable to attend BLF due to personal reasons, she will be participating in a Live Chat on the festival blog. She’ll discuss with us the Opium War’s causes as well as its current resonance […]

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Part II: Mara Hvistendahl on the Story Behind the Story

Journalist Mara Hvistendahl has spent much of the past decade in China, reporting on everything from archaeology to Beijing’s space programme. Her first book Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men looks at how sex-selection led to a 160 million girl gender gap in Asia and the consequences that will have […]

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Where Have All the Daughters Gone? Mara Hvistendahl on Gender Imbalances in Asia

Journalist Mara Hvistendahl has spent much of the past decade in China, reporting on everything from archaeology to Beijing’s space programme. Her first book Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men looks at how sex-selection led to a 160 million girl gender gap in Asia and the consequences that will have […]

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New Events – Irène Némirovsky, Shipwrecked Bodies and David Thomas Broughton

Good things come in threes! Whether you like live music, gender-bending fiction from sunny Mexico or want to learn more about the life of one of the twentieth century’s most tragic and fascinating literary figures, BLF just added three exciting new events for you. Check them out: 1. British folk singer-guitarist David Thomas Broughton‘s performances combines off-the-cuff […]

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Therapy Penguin

Andrei Kurkov’s novels star a hapless obituary writer Viktor Zolotaryov and his endearingly morose pet penguin, Misha. Rescued from a purge at the local zoo, Misha shuffles through Viktor’s world, eating fish, babysitting and most importantly, providing his owner with a source of steady companionship. In proof that sometimes life imitates fiction, a 13-year old penguin, named […]

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And he’s back! Jonathan Fenby returns to blogging

BLF favorite Jonathan Fenby may have a new book (Tiger Head, Snake Tails) coming out, but that doesn’t mean the old China hand doesn’t have time to do a bit of blogging on the side. Head over to Fenby’s new blog, called what else — China Blog, for insights into today’s China.

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Raiding Snack Machines with Wolves: A Q & A with Andrew Simpson

Andrew Simpson is the animal trainer extraordinaire behind Instinct, a company that for the last 20 years has helped filmmakers meet the challenges of filming with non-human actors. If you’ve seen Snow Dogs, Borat, X-Files or commercials for Honda, Doritos or Bud Light, you’ve seen Simpson’s work. On March 15, Simpson will be talking about his […]

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Excerpted: Justin Torres’ We the Animals

Justin Torres grew up in upstate New York, where his acclaimed debut novel We the Animals is set. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he was the recipient of a Rolón Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. His work has […]

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