Archive for March, 2012

Translation Slam! Meet Hao Mei Mei

At tonight’s Translation Slam: Sing Me A Song! two translators will go head to head, comparing their English translations of a song by the Chinese folk group Hao Mei Mei (translated: Good Little Sister) and fielding questions from the audience. Hao Mei Mei will also join for a live performance. For those who are unfamiliar […]

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Comedy of (Dangerous) Errors

Explosive hitmen, larger-than-life thugs, deaf-and-dumb blondes and…penguins? Ukrainian author Andrei Kurkov is known for darkly funny and portentous novels populated by fascinatingly absurd characters. In Death and the Penguin, obituary writer Viktor Zolotaryov and his endearing pet penguin Misha find themselves mired in a deadly political conspiracy. Kurkov’s latest, The Milkman in the Night, is […]

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Far to Go

Winner of the 2011 Canadian Jewish Book Award, Alison Pick’s latest novel Far to Go is a riveting family epic set in Czechoslovakia during World War II. As the world turns it back on Prague’s Jewish community, Pavel Bauer, a secular Jew, and his family come to grips with betrayal and love, family and loyalty. […]

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Rim pigs, urban guerrillas and human cheetahs: Q and A with Zsuzsi Gartner

Canadian writer Zsuzsi Gartner is the acclaimed author of the short stories that take readers into an off-kilter world populated by rim pigs*, urban guerrillas, human cheetahs and a group of suburban dads who devolve into cold-blooded murderers. Gartner will discuss her latest short story collection Better Living Through Plastic Explosives on March 18. Below she talks with BLF about […]

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Festival Pics: From Cabbages to Monsters

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Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China today, how it got there and where it is heading

Economists, policy makers and armchair historians alike have made popular sport debating the future role of China. Will China rule the world? Or is all just smoke and mirrors? Historian and journalist Jonathan Fenby, author of The Penguin History of Modern China, proposes the answer is both – and neither. In his latest book Tiger […]

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Tales from the Countryside

Journalist Liang Hong has spent years investigating the lives of those living in rural China. As the country becomes increasingly urban and the young gravitate towards cities for employment and opportunity, what is happening to the countryside? How are those left behind in the farms and villages affected by the changes of modern China? Hear […]

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Super Sad True Love Story

Gary Shteyngart’s wickedly funny Super Sad True Love Story is a dystopian love story set in the not-too-distant future.  Books are “printed, media bound artifacts,” everyone is glued to their information spewing “apparat” and 39-year old balding Lenny Abramov is hopelessly in love with 24-year old fickle Eunice Park.  While Lenny and Eunice grapple with […]

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Literary Exchange at TRB, Temple Restaurant Beijing

  BLF attendees have a smorgasbord of events to choose from: book talks and workshops, poetry slams and live music. What some may not realize is that the festival is also involved in a variety of additional projects, including bringing festival authors to Beijing migrant schools and hosting this Wednesday’s Pathlight Night of Literary Exchange. […]

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Migrant School Visit with Luka Lesson, Xiong Liang and Peter Brown

In 2011 we launched our Migrant School Outreach Programme, bringing acclaimed international and Chinese authors to schools for migrant children in order to promote literacy and a love of reading among less-advantaged children. This year we are again partnering with Migrant Children’s Foundation (MCF) to bring BLF authors to Beijing’s migrant schools. Here are a […]

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