Archive for April, 2012

Life to the Fullest -The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am

Novelist Kjersti Skomsvold is one of Norway’s most acclaimed young writers. Her debut novel, The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am, is the tragicomic story of Mathea Martinsen, a recluse nearing the end of her life who is afraid that she will die without anyone knowing she lived. With a mix of naïveté and […]

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Men and Monsters

Characters in Carol Birch’s Jamrach’s Menagerie and Albert Sánchez Piñol’s Cold Skin travel deep into the heart of darkness and come face to face with human nature’s most wicked parts. In Jamrach’s Menagerie, a sea voyage gone awry forces sailors to decide just what they will sacrifice in order to survive. Sánchez Piñol’s unsettling Cold […]

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Ideas Travel: Voice

BLF and its Word Alliance partners are teaming up to present “Ideas Travel” – a panel discussion held at all eight Word Alliance festivals (Beijing, Melbourne, Edinburgh, New York, Berlin, Toronto, St. Malo and Jaipur). A different panel of international authors will debate the same issue at each festival. “Ideas Travel” is a real-time experiment […]

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Desire, Despair & Transformation

In Orpheus Lost, Janette Turner Hospital’s modern day reworking of the ancient tale, a young mathematician falls hopelessly in love with a gifted Australian subway musician. Their love idyll bursts when an explosion rocks the subway and tests their bond – and their very identities. Margo Lanagan’s Sea Hearts heads to Rollrock Island, a lonely […]

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Hot Art

Canadian journalist Joshua Knelman immersed himself for four years in the enigmatic high-stakes world of international art theft. His investigation took him around the globe – from Cairo to New York, Montreal, London and Los Angeles – and up close with slippery thieves and the dogged detectives who follow hot on their trail. In his […]

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Paul French’s Midnight in Peking coming to TV

Paul French‘s brilliant Midnight in Peking will be adapted to the small screen. Midnight in Peking follows the murder and investigation of British-citizen Pamela Werner in 1037 in Beijing. Kudos Television of London will be developing the book for television. Let the casting speculation begin!

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Mara Hvistendahl Pulitzer Finalist

BLF 2012 author Mara Hvistendahl was named a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction for her book Unnatural Selection. Listen to the podcast of Hvistendahl’s BLF 2012 talk at BLF 2012 here. The 2012 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction was “awarded to “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton […]

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Ana Clavel in conversation

In Mexican author Ana Clavel’s latest novel Shipwrecked Body, Antonia wakes up in the body of a man. As Anton, she sets out to explore the hyper-masculine world of Mexico City from a new perspective – changing everything she thought she knew about herself. Join us for a special multimedia event featuring videos and more as Clavel […]

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Spicy, Sweet, Bitter, Salty, Sour

Beijing is a foodie’s paradise, chronicled by bloggers, food writers and cookbook creators. With cuisines from around the world and from every region of China, our capital city has something for every palate. Time Out Beijing’s food editor Lillian Chou and some of Beijing’s top food experts, including multi-Time Out Food Award winning chef Max Levy; cheese-maker and […]

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The Death of Mao & the Birth of a New China

Summer 1976. One of the worst earthquakes on record struck Tangshan, killing over a quarter of a million people. In nearby Beijing, the Communist Party was being torn apart as various factions vied for power. In the wake of Mao’s death, would the Gang of Four take control or would Deng Xiaoping bring about reform […]

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