The authors, moderators, and panelists participating in the 2015 Bookworm Literary Festival included in this year’s program, now available for download.

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Eric Abrahamsen

Abrahamson, Eric

Eric Abrahamsen has lived in Beijing since 2001, when he came to study Chinese. He now works as a translator, editor, and publishing consultant, and manages the website Paper Republic, providing information about Chinese literature in English. He edits Pathlight magazine, and his most recent translation, of Xu Zechen’s Running Through Beijing, was published by Two Lines Press in 2014.

Kate Anderson

Anderson, Kate

Kate Anderson is a renowned Australian artist whose exhibitions have reached Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Beijing. She has been based in Beijing for a number of years, having completed a six-year residency with Red Gate Gallery from 2006 to 2012. Anderson frequently collaborates with Arthur Charles on children’s books featuring the adventures of Australian bush animals.

Paul Anderson

Anderson, Paul

Journalist and editor Paul Anderson most recently co-authored the book Moscow Gold? The Soviet Union and the British Left, which studies the relationship between British socialists and the Kremlin; he is now at work on a companion book that looks at the impact of Chinese communism. When not running Aaargh! Press, a small publishing company he established with Anna Chen, Anderson lectures at University of Essex.

Michael Anti

Anti, Michael

Michael Anti (Jing Zhao) is a reporter and political blogger known for writing about freedom of the press in China. He has broad experience with both American and Chinese journalism, having worked as a researcher in the Beijing Bureau of The New York Times and The Washington Post, as a commentator for Huaxia Times, a correspondent for 21st Century World Herald, a war reporter in Baghdad, a columnist for Southern Metropolis Daily, and a publisher of the Far and Wide Journal. He is the recipient of a Wolfson Press Fellowship at Cambridge University and the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard.

Husayn Anwar

Anwar, Husayn

After receiving his PhD from Stanford University, Dr. Husayn Anwar founded and managed the first private environmental services firm in China in 1992. He has more than three decades of experience in environment, health, and safety in both the private and public sectors, and has worked extensively in the industrial pollution management, cleaner production, and technology application fields throughout China, Asia, and globally. Dr Anwar was granted the first Chinese PE certification to a non citizen for EIA projects (1994) and awarded the Magnolia Award for services to China’s environment (2012).

Tove Appelgren

Appelgren, Tove

Tove Appelgren is a theater director, playwright, and author. Her books about Vesta-Linnéa have been translated into 13 languages. She was recently awarded the Längman Prize. She has a family of seven children, a dog, and a husband, and lives and works in Turku in Finland. She is now studying to become a psychologist. Brought to you in association with the Finnish Literature Exchange.

Alec Ash

Ash, Alec

Alec Ash is a writer and journalist living in Beijing. His articles have been published in The EconomistProspectDissentLos Angeles Review of BooksBBC online, Literary Review, and elsewhere. He is a contributing author to Chinese Characters (University of California Press, 2012), a book of reportage also featuring Peter Hessler, Evan Osnos, and Ian Johnson. In Beijing he runs a writers colony at, and is working on a book about young Chinese. @alecash

Clare Azzopardi

Azzopardi, Clare

Clare Azzopardi teaches literature at the University of Malta Junior College. She has written many books for children, a novella for young adults revolving around a “Facebook rape” and teenage nastiness (Frape), and two collections of short stories for adults, her last one being All the Names She Left Behind. Azzopardi has won many awards in Malta and is currently working on her first novel for adults. Brought to you in association with Malta Council of Culture and the Arts.

Willis Barnstone

Barnstone, Willis

Famed translator, poet, and New Testament and Gnostic scholar Willis Barnstone is a four-time Pulitzer nominee, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and winner of multiple awards, including the Emily Dickinson Award of the Poetry Society of America. He has translated Sappho, Borges, Machado, Neruda, Mao Zedong, St. John of the Cross, Rilke, and many others, and is the namesake of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Poetry, and The New Yorker, among others. He taught in Greece during its Civil War and Argentina during the Dirty War, and visited China during the Cultural Revolution, later becoming a Fulbright professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1984-85).

Dean Barrett

Barrett, Dean

Playwright and author Dean Barrett has lived in Asia for more than three decades. His musical Fragrant Harbour, set in 1857 Hong Kong, was selected by the National Alliance for Musical Theater to be shown to producers and directors on 42nd Street in New York City. His play Bones of the Chinamen won BBC’s South Asian prize for international playwriting, and his one-act plays have been staged in 10 countries. Barrett currently lives in Thailand.

Tahar Ben Jelloun

Ben Jelloun, Tahar

One of the most translated French writers in the world, Tahar Ben Jelloun is the author of nearly 50 books and numerous articles. He rose to fame in 1985 for the novel The Sand Child before becoming the first Arab recipient of the Prix Goncourt, France’s top literary prize, for The Sacred Night (1987). Born in Fez, Morocco, Ben Jelloun was imprisoned in his home country for 18 months after participating in student demonstrations in Casablanca in 1966. The experience shaped his work, which scrutinizes themes of race, identity, gender, and traditional Islamic culture. Brought to you by the Embassy of France in China and the French Institute – Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Jim Bennett

Bennett, Jim

Jim Bennett studied acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has appeared in the movies Lord of Shanghai and Dragon Blade, the latter starring Jackie Chan and John Cusack. His stage credits include Yvon in Art, Dan in Closer, Oscar in The Odd Couple, Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Edmund in King Lear, Sailor Sawney in Live Like Pigs, Major Booth in The Voysey Inheritance, Don in American Buffalo, and Pike in Paradise Lost. As a director Bennett has worked in large theaters across the UK staging musicals and in smaller venues across China.

AJ Betts

Betts, AJ

AJ Betts is an author, teacher, speaker, and cyclist. Zac & Mia, the winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, is her third novel for young adults and also winner of the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Award Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature. Her others are ShutterSpeed and Wavelength. She lives in Perth, and writes when she’s not bicycling. Betts’s visit to China is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Lise Bidstrup

Bidstrup, Lise

Lise Bidstrup only began her literary career in 2005, but she’s made up for the late start by writing around the clock – and globe. She has published nearly 60 books for children and adults alike, creating imaginary settings within the framework of the real world. In addition to her work, she’ll share stories and experiences from her extensive travels. Brought to you in cooperation with the Danish Arts Council.

Dennis Bock

Bock, Dennis

Award-winning author Dennis Bock has been hailed by The Globe and Mail as “Canada’s next great novelist.” His debut book The Ash Garden won the 2002 Canada-Japan Literary Award and was published in translation in eight countries, while his short stories, travel writing, and book reviews have appeared in multiple literary journals and magazines. His fourth and latest book is Going Home Again. Bock lectures at the University of Toronto and is on faculty at The Humber School for Writers. Brought to you in cooperation with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

Kerry Berry Brogan

Brogan, Kerry Berry

Recently dubbed the “hottest Western face in China,” Kerry Berry Brogan may be the most widely recognized Western actress working in mainland China today. Known in Chinese as Kai Rui (the characters meaning “triumphant” and “auspicious”), Brogan has appeared in more than 40 feature films and television productions in the space of five years, and has worked with some of China’s most outstanding actors and directors.

Alexandra Büchler

Buchler, Alexandra

Alexandra Büchler is Director of Literature Across Frontiers (LAF) and editor of the New Voices from Europe and Beyond series of contemporary poetry anthologies. She has translated more than 25 books from Czech, English, and Greek, and served on the board of Culture Action Europe and the UK Translators’ Association. Brought to you in cooperation with the Connecting Through Culture Programme of the British Council and by Arts Council Wales. 

Will Buckingham

Buckingham, Will

Will Buckingham is a writer and philosopher based in the UK with strong interests in China. His books include the novel Sixty-Four Chance Pieces, based upon the I Ching; Write a Novel Course, part of Hodder & Stoughton’s Teach Yourself series; The Descent of the Lyre; a number of philosophy books; and the children’s book The Snorgh and the Sailor. He is currently Reader in Writing and Creativity at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.

Lisa Maria Burgess

Noudéhou, Lisa

Lisa Maria Burgess has taught literature and creative writing at Tsinghua University, Howard University (USA), Rhodes University (South Africa), and the University of Dares Salaam (Tanzania). In Tanzania she wrote a series of children’s books featuring a young boy named Juma. Burgess also runs a series of writing workshops in Zimbabwe, and is currently writing a novel set there, plus a series of bilingual early readers set in Benin.

Laurie Burkitt

Burkitt, Laurie

Laurie Burkitt is based in The Wall Street Journal‘s Beijing bureau, where she writes about China’s billion-plus consumers and their best quirks. Her coverage includes topics such as retail, health, luxury, and entertainment, and companies such as Wal-Mart, Yum Brands, and GlaxoSmithKline.

Chan Koonchung

Chan Koonchung

Chan Koonchung, selected Writer of the Year at the 2013 Hong Kong Book Fair, is a Sinophone writer from Hong Kong who now lives in Beijing. His novel The Fat Years has been translated into 14 languages. His latest book, The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver, is now available in English. He is also the author of the Hong Kong Trilogy and many nonfiction books.

Arthur Charles

Charles, Arthur

Arthur Charles is a former investment banker who now writes children’s adventure stories in collaboration with his illustrator, Kate Anderson. The books tell of the adventures he shares with his best friend, Poucher – a kangaroo – and other Australian bush animals. Charles’s latest story is about their most recent adventures in China.

Anna Chen

Chen, Anna

Anna Chen, born and raised in London, is a writer, poet, performer, and broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She was the first Chinese British comic to take a one-woman show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Suzy Wrong, Human Cannon in 1994. She presented the groundbreaking 10-part Radio 4 series Chinese in Britain (2007), exploring the Chinese diaspora in the UK from the first documented Chinese person to visit in the 17th century to the later waves of students, artists, seamen, and business people. Her website Madam Miaow Says was shortlisted for the 2010 Orwell Prize for blogging, and longlisted in 2012.  A collection of her poetry, Reaching for my Gnu, was published in 2013.

Horatio Clare

Clare, Horatio

Hailing from Wales, Horatio Clare is the author of two memoirs, the bestseller Running for the Hills and Truant; his travel book, A Single Swallow, which follows bird migration from South Africa to the UK; and a novella, The Prince’s Pen. His latest book, Down to the Sea In Ships, is based on voyages around the world on cargo vessels. It was an immediate bestseller upon publication in January 2014. Brought to you in cooperation with Arts Council Wales.

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Clarke, Maxine Beneba

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent and the author of two poetry collections and Foreign Soil, a collection of short stories, which was the winner of the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award. As a spoken word performer, Maxine’s work has been delivered on stages and airways, and in festivals across the country. She is currently working on a memoir and was awarded the 2014 Hazel Rowley fellowship to research her family history. Clarke’s visit to China is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mark Clifford

Clifford, Mark

Mark L. Clifford is the executive director of the Hong Kong-based Asia Business Council. An honors history graduate of the University of California Berkeley and a Walter Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University, he has lived in Asia since 1987. Previously, Clifford was the editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post and publisher and editor-in-chief of The Standard, and held senior editorial positions at BusinessWeek and the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong and Seoul.

Tim Cope

Cope, Tim

Tim Cope is an award-winning adventurer, author, and filmmaker with a special interest in the traditional cultures of Central Asia and Russia. His most renowned journey was a three-year, 6,000-mile trek by horse from Mongolia to Hungary on the trail of Genghis Khan, which turned into Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey through the Lands of the Nomads. He is also the creator of several documentary films, including the award-winning series The Trail of Genghis Khan. Cope’s visit to China is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mary Costello

Costello, Mary

Mary Costello grew up in Galway and now lives in Dublin. Her early stories were published in New Irish Writing and she was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award. In 2012 her collection of stories, The China Factory, was published by Stinging Fly Press and was nominated for the Guardian first book award. Her first novel, Academy Street, won the Eason’s Novel of the Year Prize at the Bord Gais Awards and was named overall Irish Book of the Year 2014. It was also shortlisted for the 2014 Costa first novel prize, and featured on BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime. She is brought to you in cooperation with Ireland Literature Exchange and the Irish Embassy in Beijing.

Faramerz Dabhoiwala

Dabhoiwala, Faramerz

Faramerz Dabhoiwala is a professor of history at Oxford University. His acclaimed book The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution – called “ambitious… brave… a fascinating subject and also an important one” (Financial Times) – tells the extraordinary story of the birth of modern western attitudes to sex. His work has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Swedish, German, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese.

Amy Daml 

Daml, Amy

Amy Daml is co-host of the radio program More to Learn on 91.5 FM in Beijing. In her spare time, you can find her writing stories about her expat misadventures, voice acting in TV dramas, or hosting Beijing Storytellers events.

Laura Daverio

Daverio, Laura

Laura Daverio has been a China correspondent for more than 10 years, currently for RSI Swiss Television and Radio, previously for La7 Italian Television. She has also reported from Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and India. She has produced, scripted, and directed several documentaries exploring topics ranging from the post-tsunami reconstruction in Japan to the ambitious life of a former peasant turned Mao Zedong impersonator in Hunan. Fluent in five languages, she’s a 2011 Knight Wallace Fellow, University of Michigan.

Brooke Davis

Davis, Brooke

Brooke Davis attempted to write her first novel when she was 10 years old. Fortunately it remains unfinished, as she quickly realized she didn’t know the first thing about sadness, or being a teenager. Lost & Found is her first proper novel, written as part of a PhD at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. Lost & Found proved to be the buzz book of the 2014 London Book Fair, and rights have since been sold into around 20 countries. Davis’s visit to China is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Cherry Denman

Denman, Cherry

Cherry Denman is an accomplished illustrator and published author who splits her time between Beijing and London. Her latest work, The Girl from the French Fort, is a collaborative effort with Chinese author Hong Ying. Chinese online users voted it Best Children’s Book one week after its publication.

Simon Denyer

Denyer, Simon

Simon Denyer is China Bureau Chief for The Washington Post. Before coming to Beijing, he spent more than seven years in India working for the Post and Reuters, as well as two years split between Pakistan and Afghanistan. His book, Rogue Elephant, has just been published in India, Britain, and the United States. He is co-editor of Foreign Correspondent: Fifty Years of Reporting South Asia, and has also worked in Washington, New York, Nairobi, Paris, and London.

Graham Earnshaw

Earnshaw, Graham

Graham Earnshaw is a businessman, writer, and musician with several decades of experience in the China world. He is publisher of Earnshaw Books and publisher of China Economic Review. He has written a number of books, including On Your Own in China (1984), Tales of Old Shanghai (2008), and an account of his continuing walk across China, The Great Walk of China (2010). His translation of the Jin Yong kungfu novel The Book and the Sword was published by Oxford University Press. He has recorded a number of albums of his own songs, including Leap of Faith (1996), The Red Album (2011), and The Tao of Music (2013). He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese fluently, and his English is said to be acceptable.

Jocelyn Eikenburg

Eikenburg, Jocelyn

Jocelyn Eikenburg is an American writer and blogger who discovered her passion for the written word — as well as her true love — while living and working in China. Her marriage to John/Jun ultimately inspired her to blog about love, family, and relationships in China as well as AMWF (Asian Male, Western Female) relationships. Her popular site Speaking of China has attracted media attention from the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, and South China Morning Post, to name a few. Eikenburg was published in 2013 in the anthology Unsavory Elements. She currently lives in Hangzhou.

Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen

Engebretsen, Elisabeth

Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen, originally from Norway, is an anthropologist currently teaching at Shandong University. She is the author of Queer Women in Urban China: An Ethnography, which won a 2014 Ruth Benedict Prize Honorable Mention from the American Anthropological Association’s Association for Queer Anthropology. Her co-edited volume Queer/Tongzhi China: New Perspectives on Research, Activism and Media Cultures is forthcoming this year.

Madeline Eschenburg

Eschenburg, Madeline

Madeline Eschenburg is a doctoral student in the department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary research focus is Chinese contemporary art. Her work has been published in Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture. She currently lives in Beijing with the support of a Fulbright fellowship and is beginning research for her dissertation.

Deva Eveland

Eveland, Deva

Deva Eveland resides in Beijing, where he teaches at Renmin University and helps organize The Bookworm’s Writing Circle. His short fiction has appeared in Pavilion Literary Magazine and New Dead Families.

Popo Fan

Fan Popo

Popo Fan is a queer filmmaker, writer, and activist whose work includes Happy Together: Complete Record of a Hundred Queer Films and the documentaries New Beijing, New Marriage; Mama Rainbow; and The VaChina Monologues. In 2012 he received the Prism Prize at the 22nd Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. He currently lives in Beijing, where he is on the Beijing Queer Film Festival committee and the board of the Beijing LGBT Center.

Jonathan Fenby


Jonathan Fenby, author of the quintessential History of Modern China (selected one of the books of the year for 2008 by The Economist and Financial Times), is a leading analyst on China, specializing in policy, politics, economics, and social affairs. He was formerly editor of the South China Morning PostThe Observer, and Reuters World Service, as well as a senior correspondent for The Economist. His seventh book on China, Will China Dominate the 21st Century?, was published last year, along with a book on France, France on the Brink. His latest book, History of Modern France, is scheduled for publication in June.

John Foley

Foley, John

John Foley is the China editor for Reuters’ opinion section, Breakingviews. He writes on China’s economy, politics, and financial system, and has been published in publications such as the New York TimesCaijing and Le Monde. Foley has been based in Beijing since 2012, prior to which he lived in Hong Kong. His obsessions include Chinese food and abandoned real estate projects.

Edward Gargan

Gargan, Ed

Edward A. Gargan was a long-time correspondent for The New York Times, serving as bureau chief in West Africa, India, Hong Kong, and China. The author of two books, China’s Fate and The River’s Tale, he has been the Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, a fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He divides his time now between Beijing and Martha’s Vineyard.

Josh Gartner

Gartner, Josh

Josh Gartner is Senior Director of International Communications at, China’s largest e-tailer. He was formerly at Brunswick Group and the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He has lived in China for 11 years, the last eight in Beijing.

Douglas Gibson

Gibson, Douglas

Douglas Gibson, born and raised in Scotland, started his life in Canadian Publishing in March 1968. Since 1980, when he became Publisher of Macmillan of Canada, and after his years running McClelland & Stewart where he was Publisher from 1988 to 2004, he has become Canada’s most famous editor/publisher. His memoir, Stories About Storytellers, is about the authors he met along the way, and includes an introduction by Nobel laureate Alice Munro. Brought to you in cooperation with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

Zoe Gilbert

Gilbert, Zoe

Zoe Gilbert is a short story writer who lives in London. Her stories are often inspired by folklore or folk tales, and have been published in anthologies and journals in the UK and internationally. She was recently announced winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2014. Brought to you in cooperation with the British Council.

Ingrid van Ginkel (for her mother Yvonne van den Dool)

Ginkel, Ingrid van

As a young woman in South Africa in the 1950s, Yvonne van den Dool’s dream was to fly. She fulfilled it and so much more, influencing women in aviation in her country and beyond. Her memoir, From Kitchen to Cockpit, documents her journey. Ingrid van Ginkel, van den Dool’s daughter, inherited a strong sense of adventure from her parents. With a passion for experiencing diverse cultures and travel, she headed for the Far East, where she has taught in international schools for the past 15 years.

Chris Godwin

Godwin, Chris

Chris Godwin grew up in England, studied Chinese and German at Edinburgh University, and spent the next 24 years in Hong Kong, where he acquired a Masters in Linguistics at Hong Kong University and pursued his first two careers: as English teacher and then as government bureaucrat. He began translating fiction as a relief from drafting government policy proposals. Before retiring in 2012, Godwin spent five years as chief representative in China of the UK Research Councils. He now divides his time between the English Cotswolds and his wife Sarah’s hometown, Beijing.

Xiaolu Guo

Guo Xiaolu

Filmmaker and author Xiaolu Guo delves into contemporary life in China and Britain, probing East-West contrasts. Her latest novel, I Am China, crosses three continents. Her debut book, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Among Guo’s 10 films as director/producer, She, A Chinese won the 2009 Golden Leopard, the top prize at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. Guo currently lives in London.

Rawi Hage

Hage, Rawi

Rawi Hage is a Lebanese-Canadian writer and visual artist whose work has appeared in magazines and been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. His award-winning debut novel about lifelong friends in war-torn Beirut, De Niro’s Game, allowed him to trade in his cab-driving job to become a full-time writer. His second and third novels, Cockroach and Carnival, earned him the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Born in Beirut, Hage grew up in Lebanon and Cyprus, and currently lives in Montreal. Brought to you in cooperation with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

Sarah Handler

Handler, Sarah

Sarah Handler is an expert on Chinese art history. Her works include Ming Furniture in the Light of Chinese Architecture and Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture, an illustrated volume of Chinese hardwood furniture from its origins in the Shang Dynasty (currently being considered for Chinese translation). She was curator of the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture and has taught at UCLA, the University of Illinois, and the University of Michigan.

Nicky Harman

Harman, Nicky

Nicky Harman is a Chinese-to-English translator of fiction, poetry, and occasionally literary nonfiction, by authors such as Chen Xiwo, Han Dong, Hong Ying, Dorothy Tse, Xinran, Yan Geling, and Zhang Ling. She is a regular contributor to the literary magazines Chutzpah and Words Without Borders, and also organizes translation-focused events and mentors new translators. She was one of the judges for the Harvill Secker Young Translators Prize 2012. She currently lives in the UK.

Dave Haysom

Haysom, Dave

Dave Haysom has been living and working in Beijing since he graduated from Leeds University in 2007. He has previously translated works by contemporary authors including Ge Fei and Shi Tiesheng, and has contributed to Asymptote and Words Without Borders. He is currently joint managing editor of Pathlight magazine.

He Jiahong

He Jiahong

He Jiahong, best known for his crime novels following lawyer Hong Jun, is a law professor at Beijing’s Renmin University and expert on criminal justice. A prominent opponent of political corruption in China, he trains students to investigate crimes by public officials, and has commented on high-profile cases such as that of former Chongqing Party Chief Bo Xilai. His latest work to be translated into English, Black Holes, follows Hanging Devils’s Hong Jun as he weaves through historical intrigue while defending a man in the face of mounting evidence of fraud.

Victoria Hislop

Hislop, Victoria

Victoria Hislop is the best-selling author of four books primarily set in Greece and the surrounding islands. Her first novel, The Island, was a breakout hit on its release in 2005. Since then her novels have continued to find commercial and critical success. Her latest novel, The Sunrise, follows the story of a Turkish and a Greek family in Cyprus in 1972 when a Greek coup tears the fabric of society.

Hong Ying

Hong Ying

Hong Ying was born at the tail end of the Great Leap Forward, so the Cultural Revolution dominated much of her formative years. At 18 she left home and spent the next decade moving around China, eventually landing in London for nearly a decade before returning to Beijing in 2000. Her work has won accolades worldwide, in particular K: The Art of Love. More recently she collaborated with illustrator Cherry Denman (also a Beijing resident) on the children’s book The Girl from the French Fort.

Andrew Jacobs

Jacobs, Andrew

Andrew Jacobs has been a Beijing-based correspondent for The New York Times since 2008. Before that, he covered a variety of newspaper beats for the Times, from the American South and New Jersey politics to the New York City Police Department and Manhattan courts. His first dalliance with China occurred in 1985, when he spent four months traveling across the country, and he later returned in 1988 as an English teacher in Wuhan. As if that wasn’t enough, he returned briefly in 1997 to cover the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty. He is also the director of a documentary, Four Seasons Lodge, about a community of fun-loving Holocaust survivors who summer together in the Catskill mountains of New York.

Linda Jaivin

Jaivin, Linda

Linda Jaivin has written seven fiction and four nonfiction books. Her latest novel is The Empress Lover, featuring Sir Edmund Backhouse, a picturesque historical figure who claims to have enjoyed an affair with the Empress Dowager Cixi. Also an experienced translator, Jaivin has provided the subtitles for Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine and Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster.

Jeremiah Jenne

Jenne, Jeremiah

Jeremiah Jenne grew up in Atkinson, New Hampshire, and is the Executive Director of The Hutong, Beijing’s premier cultural exchange center. In his spare time, Jeremiah runs the Chinese history site Jottings from the Granite Studio. He has written for the China Beat, the online edition of the Atlantic Monthly, and The Economist. He has also contributed essays to two books, The Insider’s Guide to Beijing, 2009 Edition and China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, and has been interviewed by NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, Beijing Radio, Al Jazeera English, Radio Free Asia, China Radio International, and New Hampshire Public Radio. He and his wife live in the Dongcheng District of Beijing.

Radhika Jha

Jha, Radhika

Radhika Jha, who writes and performs Odissi dancing, is the author of five books: Smell, The Elephant and the Murati, Aromas, Lanterns on Their Horns, and her latest, the novel My Beautiful Shadow. She has also worked for the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, where she started up the Interact project for the education of the children of the victims of terrorism in different parts of India. Jha has lived around the world, including Paris, Chicago, and Tokyo. She is currently based in Beijing.

Jiang Yitan

Jiang Yitan

Jiang Yitan was born in 1969 and is a novelist, poet and publisher. He graduated from Beijing Normal University’s School of Chinese Language and Literature in 1991, and has concentrated on the writing of short stories. His main works include the collections The Statue of Clint EastwoodLu Xun’s Mustache and Hepburn, Oh Hepburn, and the novel Peking Lover.

Ian Johnson

Johnson, Ian

Ian Johnson’s books and articles focus on the intersection of history, religion, and politics. A Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent in China with the Wall Street Journal, he now writes for the New York Times and New York Review of Books, and is an advising editor for the Journal of Asian Studies. He splits his time between Beijing and Berlin, where he is a senior policy fellow at the Merics think tank.

Eric Jou

Jou, Eric

Eric Jou is tech editor at the China Daily, China’s national English newspaper, as well as a contributor to the video gaming news blog Kotaku. He is an avid gamer, writer, all-around eater of fast foods, and technology enthusiast.

Joan Kaufman

Kaufman, Joan

Joan Kaufman is director of the Columbia Global Centers | East Asia and has worked in the field of reproductive and sexual health in China for more than two decades. From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Kaufman was the Ford Foundation’s Reproductive Health Program Officer in China, and from 2002 to 2012 she worked as the China Team Leader for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

Paul Kelly

Kelly, Paul

Paul Kelly, a political journalist, author, and television and radio commentator from Sydney, has written seven books about Australian politics since the 1970s. Recent works include The March of Patriots, chronicling the creation of a modern Australia, and Triumph & Demise, about the leadership tensions at the heart of the Rudd-Gillard Labor government. He is currently editor-at-large for The AustralianHis visit to China is supported by The Walkley Foundation and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Gilbert Van Kerckhove

Kerckhove, Gilbert van

Gilbert Van Kerckhove is from Ghent, Belgium. Since 1980 he has been working with China, where he spent 30 years, mostly in Beijing but also in Hong Kong and Shanghai. He was deeply involved in the preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, receiving the highest awards from the government (and a green card). His book Toxic Capitalism addresses environmental issues and the quest for quality and durability.

Yasmina Khadra

Khadra, Yasmina

Algerian-French writer Yasmina Khadra, the pseudonym of Mohammed Moulessehoul, has a life story as dramatic as his award-winning books. Writing anonymously under his wife’s name while serving as a soldier during the Algerian Civil War, he only revealed his identity in 2001 after leaving the army and relocating to France. Khadra is the author of more than 30 books, including the award-winning What the Day Owes the Night, Cousin K, and Wolf Dreams, and has been translated in more than 40 countries. His novel Swallows of Kabul was adapted for the stage and recently performed in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Nanjing, and Shenzhen. Brought to you by the Embassy of France in China and the French Institute – Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Zohab Zee Khan

Khan, Zohab Zee

Zohab Zee Khan is the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion. His poetry has taken him across the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Khan was a finalist in the 2014 International Poetry Slam in Madrid, and completed an artist residency and mentoring program in Dubai. His first collection of slam poetry, Evident, was released earlier this year to critical acclaim. Khan, an Australian of Pakistani heritage who grew up in rural New South Wales, is also an accomplished didgeridoo player, harmonica beat-boxer, and percussionist.

Jonathan Kos-Read

Kos-Read, Jonathan

Jonathan Kos-Read, better known by his stage name Cao Cao (taken from the infamous Three Kingdoms general), is one of the most successful foreign actors working in China today. In addition to his numerous film and TV roles, in 2008 he was among those chosen to carry the Olympic torch in the relay, and for a time starred in a reality show about his daily life, Here Comes Cao Cao.

Ananth Krishnan

Krishnan, Ananth

Ananth Krishnan is the China correspondent for the India Today Group, one of India’s largest media groups, reporting for its newspaper, magazine, and television channel from Beijing. Krishnan was from 2009 to 2014 the Beijing correspondent of The Hindu newspaper, India. His interests include India-China relations and ethnic minorities in China. Before moving to Beijing, Krishnan worked for The Hindu at its headquarters in Chennai and at the newspaper’s bureau in Mumbai.

Anthony Kuhn

Kuhn, Anthony

Anthony Kuhn is an international correspondent who opened NPR’s first bureau in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2010. From there, he has covered Southeast Asia and the gamut of natural and human diversity stretching from Myanmar to Fiji and Vietnam to Tasmania. He is currently covering Beijing, where he spent five years as NPR’s foreign correspondent prior to Jakarta.

Kaiser Kuo

Kuo, Kaiser

Kaiser Kuo is director of international communications at Baidu and the host of the Sinica Podcast. He’s an unreconstructed headbanger who founded the band Tang Dynasty and currently plays guitar in Chunqiu (Spring & Autumn). He has lived in Beijing for about 20 years and has two young children.

Vincent Lam

Lam, Vincent

Vincent Lam is a writer of rare flexibility, having dabbled in medical writing, biography, a novel, and short stories. His 2006 short story collection Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures drew from his experiences in medical school, and was picked up by HBO for a TV adaptation that aired in 2010. He still works as an emergency physician at Toronto East General Hospital and does international air evacuation work and expedition medicine on Arctic and Antarctic ships. Brought to you in cooperation with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

Ellen Larson

Larson, Ellen

Ellen Larson is based in Beijing, where she is completing her MA in Modern Chinese History at Minzu University of China. She has been accepted into the University of Pittsburgh PhD program, where she will focus her doctoral studies on Contemporary Chinese Art. Larson’s curatorial record includes a retrospective exhibition of Xu Bing’s work, “Xu Bing: The Art of Rewriting China.”

Stuart Leavenworth

Leavenworth, Stuart

Stuart Leavenworth is Beijing Bureau Chief for the Miami Herald and 28 other publications of McClatchy Newspapers. His first daily newspaper job was at the Asahi Evening News in Tokyo. His career has since included gigs as an environmental reporter, Hurricane Katrina relief worker, editorial page editor, and chef apprentice.

Chang-rae Lee

Lee, Chang-rae

Chang-rae Lee is the author of five novels: Native Speaker (1995); A Gesture Life (1999); Aloft (2004); The Surrendered, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and On Such a Full Sea (2014). His novels have won numerous awards and citations, including the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, ALA Notable Book of the Year Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and the NAIBA Book Award for Fiction. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and is currently the director of Princeton’s Creative Writing program.

Kerryn Leitch

Leitch, Kerryn

Kerryn Leitch has lived in China for three years and teaches at Beijing Technology and Business University. When she is not teaching or recording Chinglish for IELTS textbooks, she spends her time writing and talking about writing. She moderates the Bookworm Book Club and is half of the partnership that runs Writing on Walls, a bimonthly writing collective for emerging authors.

Frané Lessac

Lessac, Frane

Frané Lessac has published more than 40 children’s books throughout the world, many of them inspired by her love of travel. In 2010 she was presented the Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature. Her contribution to Amnesty International’s We Are All Born Free, celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has been translated into more than 30 languages and is the receipt of a USBBY Outstanding International Book.

Olivia Liu

Liu, Olivia

Ms. Olivia Liu, regional advisor of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators China Chapter, is a former journalist and TV program director at China Education Television. She is a professional in both the publishing and broadcasting industries.

Wei Luo

Luo Wei

Wei Luo, born in 1968, is a professor at the Institute of German Studies at Peking University. She studied in Beijing and Berlin. Her research interests include modern German literature, contemporary German literature, and German history. She translated Alfred Döblin’s famous Berlin Alexanderplatz, among other books and publications.

Ma Jun

Ma Jun

Ma Jun, a Chinese environmentalist, scholar, and writer, started as an investigative journalist for the South China Morning Post. He is the author of China’s Water Crisis, which has been compared to Rachel Carson’s Silent Sprint. In 2004 Ma was selected for the Yale World Fellows Program, where he researched Chinese and American environmental management policies and systems. In 2006 TIME magazine named him one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People. In the same year he founded IPE, a Beijing-based nonprofit that has developed the China Pollution Map Database, the first public database of corporate environmental performance in China. He continues as IPE director and, in 2012, won the Goldman Prize for his environmental protection work.

Karen Ma

Ma, Karen

Chinese American author and journalist Karen Ma spent her formative years in Hong Kong and Japan before going on to live in more than a half-dozen cities around the world, including Beijing and New York. She has worked for and contributed to publications such as NPR, Life MagazineThe Japan TimesThe International Herald Tribute, and the South China Morning Post. She is the author of Excess Baggage, a semi-autobiographical novel loosely based on her family’s experiences as Chinese immigrants in Tokyo during the post-bubble years of the 1990s.

Adam Marek

Marek, Adam

Adam Marek is an award-winning short story writer whose work appears in The Best British Short Stories 2011 and 2013. He writes about absurd, futuristic and fantastical things colliding with everyday life. His first story collection, Instruction Manual for Swallowing, features a woman pregnant with 37 babies, a man desperate to destroy a nest of robot wasps, and a restaurant for zombies. His latest story collection is The Stone Thrower. Marek lives in a small town near Cambridge with his wife and two sons. Brought to you in cooperation with the British Council.

Karlo Marsden

Marsden, Karlo

Karlo Marsden has appeared in more than 100 TV and Internet commercials, as well as TV shows and films, including WindowDeng Xiao PingEastern BattlefieldLast BattleCommand, Kejiaren (客家人), and Wenzhouliangjiaren (温州两家人). He’s lived in China for more than 17 years, and is a trained stunt man and former boxing champion of 169 fights. Marsden also has appeared in four mixed martial arts fights in China, and is currently undefeated.

Michael Meyer

Meyer, Michael

Michael Meyer arrived in China in 1995 with the Peace Corps. His first book, The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed, won a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship. His second book, In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China, is set on a family’s rice farm as it becomes an agribusiness. Meyer is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches nonfiction writing, and spends the offseason in Singapore.

Jennifer Mills


Jennifer Mills is an Australian novelist, short story writer, and poet. Her collection of short stories, The Rest is Weight, was shortlisted for the 2013 Queensland Literary Award and Steele Rudd Award for an Australian Short Story Collection. Her nonfiction and poetry has been published in multiple journals, and she’s performed from Adelaide to Berlin. In 2010 Mills was an Asialink writer-in-residence in Beijing – where she currently lives.

Stephen Mooser

Mooser, Stephen

Stephen Mooser has written more than 60 books for children, including 101 Black Cats and Orphan Jeb at the Massacre. In addition to adventure stories, he has written several nonfiction books about the weird and strange. In 1971, with Lin Oliver, Mooser co-founded the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, which today counts nearly 25,000 members around the world.

Aka Morchiladze

Morchiladze, Aka

In his hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, Aka Morchiladze is a celebrity author, TV presenter, soap writer, and sports columnist. In addition to teaching Georgian history, he has worked as a sports journalist and hosted a television show on contemporary literature. He is the author of 20 novels and three books of short stories, from which numerous plays and films have been adapted. He currently lives and works in London. Brought to you in cooperation with the Georgian National Book Center.

David Moser

Moser, David

David Moser holds a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan. He was a visiting scholar at Peking University in 1987-1990, and a visiting professor for five years at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, where he taught Translation Theory and Psycholinguistics. Moser is currently Academic Director at CET Chinese Studies at Beijing Capital Normal University, where he teaches courses in Chinese history and politics. Moser also worked at China Central Television (CCTV) as a program advisor, translator, and host, and continues to be active in Chinese media.

Mark Natkin

Natkin, Mark

Mark Natkin is the founder and managing director of Beijing-based Marbridge Consulting. He has more than 14 years experience working in East Asia for technology consultancies and various major multinationals, including Weyerhaeuser, Qualcomm, Motorola, and General Electric. He has led successful China market entry, business development, and investment initiatives spanning a wide variety of sub-sectors, including online search, social networking, microblogging, online video, e-commerce, online gaming, Internet TV, and many more. Natkin is a graduate of Princeton University, holds MBA and MA Asian Studies degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and is highly proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

Guadalupe Nettel

Nettel, Guadalupe

Mexican-born Guadalupe Nettel is the multiple award-winning author of novels, short stories, and critical essays. Last year she made her English debut with the short story collection Natural Histories (El matrimonio de los peces rojos). Nettel is also a linguist and regular contributor to both Spanish- and French-language magazines. Her works have been translated into more than 10 languages. Brought to you in cooperation with the Embassy of Mexico.

Jason Y. Ng

Ng, Jason Y

Born in Hong Kong, Jason Y. Ng is a globetrotter who spent his adult life in Italy, Canada, and the United States before settling in his birthplace to rediscover this roots. Ng is the bestselling author of HONG KONG State of Mind and No City for Slow Men, and his short stories have appeared in various anthologies. His social commentary blog As I See It and leisure review site The Real Deal have attracted a cult following.

Joy Niu

Niu, Joy

Ms. Joy Niu, the newly-rising Children’s book publisher star in China. She is general manager of Mengxijindian & Anhui Children’s book publishing house, has introduced and published thousands of world-famous children’s books, including Tommy, Nate the Great, Woodland Folk Tales, Historical Notebooks, and these books are very popular in China market.



Ondjaki, the pen name of Ndalu de Almeida, is a writer in Luanda, Angola who has published five novels, three collections of short stories, four collections of poetry, and three children’s books. He has also made a documentary film, May Cherries Grow, about his native city. In 2008 Ondjaki was awarded the Grinzane for Africa Prize in the category of Best Young Writer, and in 2012 The Guardian named him one of its Top Five African Writers.

Mark O’Neill

O'Neill, Mark

Born in the UK, Mark O’Neill has worked as a journalist since 1972, and has been based in Asia during much of that time. His latest of four books, The Second Tang Dynasty: The 12 Sons of Fragrant Mountain Who Changed China, is a profile of 12 men from Xiangshan in the late Qing and early Republican periods who influenced the worlds of business, education, law, medicine, and the military. He currently lives in Hong Kong. Brought to you with the support of the Embassy of Ireland, Beijing. 

Anette Øster

Oster, Anette

Anette Øster, a PhD student at the Centre for Children’s Literature at The Danish University of Education, is an expert on renowned Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, whose children’s book series featuring Pippi Longstocking won her widespread admiration. Øster will also share anecdotes from the Nordic literary scene and recommend gems of young adult literature. Brought to you in cooperation with the Danish Arts Council.

James Palmer

Palmer, James

James Palmer is the author of The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia (Faber, 2008), shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and The Death of Mao: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Birth of the New China (Faber, 2012). He won the Spectator’s Shiva Naipaul Prize for travel writing in 2003. Palmer lives in Beijing, where he is an editor for the English edition of The Global Times, and writes on modern Chinese history and society for Aeon Magazine.

Bradford Philen

Philen, Bradford

Bradford Philen is author of the novel Autumn Falls and the short story collection Everything is Insha’Allah. In 2014 his short story “Blue CFA Notes” was nominated for the storySouth Million Writers Award. Originally from North Carolina, Philen has been an educator for more than 12 years, living and teaching in Namibia, New York City, and Senegal. He currently lives in Beijing.

Wena Poon

Poon, Wena

Wena Poon’s novels and short stories have been professionally produced on the London stage, serialized on BBC Radio 4, extensively anthologized, and translated into French, Italian, and Chinese. She won the UK’s Willesden Herald Prize for best short fiction, and her work is studied by British and American academics of transnational literature. She will be launching her newest book, Café Jause: A Story of Viennese Shanghai, at the Bookworm Literary Festival.

Megha Rajagopalan

Rajagopalan, Megha

Megha Rajagopalan is a correspondent with Reuters in Beijing, where she reports on security, diplomacy, and social issues. She was a Fulbright fellow in China and, before that, was a fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington DC. Her reporting and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe San Francisco Chronicle, TIME, Wired, Salon, and others. She speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Emily Rauhala

Rauhala, Emily

Emily Rauhala is Beijing Correspondent for Time Magazine. She covers news, politics, and culture across Greater China and the Korean Peninsula. She was previously Associate Editor at the magazine’s Hong Kong bureau, where she covered Southeast Asia. She was born and raised in Toronto.

Liz Richards

Richards, Liz

Elizabeth Richards was born and trained in England, where she studied Theatre and Performance at Plymouth University. She has worked in clowning, improvisation, physical theater, performance art, and spoken word poetry. Richards has also worked closely in the Beijing improvisation scene, performing in the International Beijing Improv Festival in 2014. She runs “Word of Mouth,” a space for poets to take the mic and perform new works here in Beijing.

Bridget Rooth

Rooth, Bridget

Bridget Rooth is the founder of online English editing and proofreading service English Trackers, although strangely is not a writer herself! A long-term Beijinger, she has been involved in the Bookworm Literary Festival since its inception and regularly interprets for the French-speaking authors – a job she finds both exhilarating and terrifying!

Neil Schmid

Schmid, Neil

Neil Schmid is a specialist in medieval Chinese literature and Dunhuang Studies. After completing a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, he went on to teach in the United States, publishing on Chinese art, material culture, and Buddhism. Since 2011, he has been based in China serving as the Country Director of DKT International, Beijing. More recently, Neil was named Associate Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia, University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Steven Schwankert

Schwankert, Steven

Steven Schwankert is an award-winning writer and editor with 19 years of experience in Greater China, focusing on exploration, technology, media, and culture. His book Poseidon: China’s Secret Salvage of Britain’s Lost Submarine was published in 2013 by Hong Kong University Press. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Asia Chapter Chair of The Explorers Club, and founder of SinoScuba, Beijing’s first professional scuba diving operator. He is also currently executive editor of True Run Media.

Sheng Keyi

Sheng Keyi

Sheng Keyi is a fiction writer born in Yiyang, Hunan, later moving to Shenzhen before settling in Beijing, where she currently lives. She is the author of six novels, two of which have been translated into English: Northern Girls, longlisted for the 2012 Man Asia Literary Prize, and Death Fugue. Sheng, the recipient of many literary awards in China, is known for the fierce and often unforgiving style of her writing, her different narrative voices, and insightful observations.

Wade Shepard

Shepard, Wade

Wade Shepard is an itinerant writer who ended up in China in 2005, where he’s reported on topics ranging from the evolution of ancient traditions to urbanization. He is the author of the forthcoming Ghost Cities of China, which takes an analytical look at the empty and under-populated cities of China. Shepard is a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post, and his work also appears in other top China-focused publications. He currently lives in Xiamen with his wife and five-year-old daughter.

Shou Juan

Shou Juan

Shou Juan is an advertising copywriter, editor, writer, and researcher of lesbian culture in China. She is the author of Closet in the Attic: An Introduction to Lesbian Literature in Mainland China and The Dictionary of Lace: Ancient Chapter (Douban e-book). She is also interested in fiction and has written several short stories on the theme of lesbianism, and is in the process of writing a novel and launching the project “The Dictionary of Lace: Contemporary Chapter.” She lives in Beijing.

Francesco Sisci

Sisci, Francesco

Francesco Sisci is an Italian sinologist, author, and columnist who lives and works in Beijing. He is currently a contributor for Il Sole 24 Ore, a columnist for Asia Times, and a frequent commentator on international affairs for CCTV and Phoenix TV. He is the author of A Brave New China: The Big Change.

Jack Smith

Smith, Jack

Writer Jack Smith is the LGBT editor at Time Out Beijing, where he uses his monthly column to draw attention to the ongoing development of the capital’s vibrant and diverse queer scene. A passionate gender and queer rights advocate, Jack began researching sexology and LGBT issues while at the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote his graduate thesis on portrayals of same-sex relationships in contemporary Chinese cinema. He lives in Xinjiekou with his husband Eddy.

Anna Solding

Solding, Anna

Anna Solding’s first novel, The Hum of Concrete, was published in 2012 and nominated for multiple awards, including the Commonwealth Book Prize. She has co-edited a collection of stories, Cracker! A Christmas Collection, and worked as fiction co-editor for the literary magazine Wet Ink. She currently works as editor at MidnightSun Publishing in Adelaide.

Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine

Raised in New England, Kaitlin Solimine has considered China a second home for two decades. While majoring in East Asian Studies at Harvard, she was a Harvard-Yenching scholar and wrote and edited Let’s Go: China. She’s been a Fulbright Fellow in China and the Donald E. Axinn Scholar in Fiction. An excerpt from her first novel, Empire of Glass, won the 2012 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Program award. Her writing has been published in National Geographic, Guernica, Kartika Review, The World of Chinese Magazine, China Daily, and numerous anthologies. Kaitlin is co-founder of Hippo Reads and lives in Singapore.

Song Yuzhe

Song Yuzhe

Song Yuzhe is a self-taught musician from northeast China. For 10 years he traveled to remote parts of the country learning from the different musicians of China’s ethnic minorities. His nomadic experiences led to the formation of a five-piece musical and performance ensemble called Dawanggang. Song’s personal compositions blend spiritual musical elements of Daoism and Buddhism with the exotic sounds of China’s indigenous ethnicities.

Felicia Sonmez

Sonmez, Felicia

Felicia Sonmez is a China correspondent for the international newswire Agence France-Presse, based in Beijing. She has covered China for AFP since 2013 and is a board member of the Foreign Correspondents Club of China. A 2005 graduate of Harvard University, she previously worked as a national political reporter for The Washington Post, covering Congress, the White House, and the 2012 presidential campaign.

Jemimah Steinfeld

Steinfeld, Jemimah

History junkie Jemimah Steinfeld holds an MA in China Studies from SOAS, University of London. The journalist-novelist has written for CNN, TimeOut, The Huffington Post, and Global Times on topics ranging from feminism to dating and fashion. Her first book, Little Emperors and Material Girls, focuses on sex and youth in China. A former resident of Beijing and Shanghai, she now lives in London.

Bridget Strevens-Marzo

Strevens-Marzo, Bridget

Author and illustrator Bridget Strevens-Marzo’s works have appeared in bestsellers across the world, including Margaret Wild’s Kiss, Kiss!, Marie-Pascale Cocagne’s The Big Book for Little Hands (shortlisted for the British Book Design Award), and Kirsty Dempsey’s Mini Racer. Her most recent work for Bayard France is a fun flap book of first English words for young children, Bridget’s Book of English.

Sun Shaokun

Sun Shaokun

Sun Shaokun was born in Baoding, Hebei province in 1980. Upon graduation from the traditional ink painting department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, she became interested in performance art: her earlier work mostly dealt with societal problems specific to China, while recently she has engaged in a deep exploration of the relationship between her own body and the power of nature. Sun has held solo exhibitions in China, Italy, Germany, and Estonia. She has also participated in group shows in Switzerland and the United States. She currently lives in Beijing.

Sun Yisheng

Sun Yisheng

Born in 1986 in Shandong province, Sun Yisheng has done a variety of jobs since graduating in chemistry – security guard at a cement factory, waiter, factory operator, technician in pesticides factory. His story “Periscope” was published by Chutzpah, and he was featured as one of three young writers at the magazine’s “Literary New Blood” event in Beijing on September 9, 2012. He has had short stories published in several mainstream literary journals and now edits an online journal.

Ember Swift

Swift, Ember

Ember Swift is a Canadian musician who originally came to Beijing in 2007 as a break from her busy music career. Then, she fell in love — first with the country, and then with a person in the country. Now living in Chaoyang District, she splits her time between motherhood, music, writing, voice-over work, and teaching. As an out queer artist, her romantic partnership sparked the successful and award-winning blog: Queer Girl Gets Married (Lotus Love Blog Award, 2014). Swift is also a columnist for Beijing Kids Magazine,, Mami Magazine, and Canada’s feminist quarterly, Herizons. She is working on a longer memoir project.

Anthony Tao

Tao, Anthony

Anthony Tao is a writer and editor in Beijing, where he hosts weekly pub quiz and occasional literary events. He is co-founder and chief editor of the blog Beijing Cream and poetry editor of the Anthill. His own poetry has appeared in journals such as Borderlands, Prairie Schooner, and Kartika Review, among others. Follow his tweets about China, cats, and miscellany @anthonytao

Madeleine Thien

Thien, Madeleine

Madeleine Thien is the author of three books of fiction, including her most recent novel, Dogs at the Perimeter, which was a finalist of the 2014 International Literature Prize awarded in Berlin. Her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, and her books have been translated into 22 languages. A new story, “The Wedding Cake,” is longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her first book, Simple Recipes, originally published in 2001, will be issued in Chinese this year by Shanghai 99 in their international short fiction series. Brought to you in cooperation with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

Kim Thúy

Thuy, Kim

Saigon-born Kim Thúy fled Vietnam with her parents as a child and settled in Quebec. A unique Canadian literary voice, her debut novel Ru was published in 20 countries, won the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for Best Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2013 First Fiction Novel Award. She has degrees in law, linguistics, and translation from the University of Montreal, and has published two more novels in French since Ru. Her latest novel is ManBrought to you in cooperation with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

Philip Tinari

Tinari, Philip

Philip Tinari is director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. He is also founding editor of LEAP (tagline: The International Art Magazine of Contemporary China), launched in 2010 and published by the Modern Media Group. Tinari is a contributing editor to Artforum and has written and lectured widely on contemporary art in China. A resident of Beijing for most of the past decade, he holds an M.A. in East Asian studies from Harvard, a B.A. from the Literature Program at Duke, and was Fulbright fellow at Peking University.

Wojciech Tochman

Tochman, Wojciech

Wojciech Tochman is one of the world’s most translated Polish writers. His book of reportage Like Eating A Stone, about the aftermath of the Bosnian wars that ended in 1995, was a finalist for the Nike Literary Prize and the Prix Témoin du Monde, awarded by Radio France International. He hosted the TV program Whoever Saw, Whoever Knows and co-founded the ITAKA Foundation, which helps find missing persons and supports their families. He is currently co-director of the Polish Reportage Institute, and lives in Warsaw. Brought to you in cooperation with the Polish Institute and the Embassy of Poland, Beijing.

Rachel Trezise

Trezise, Rachel

Rachel Trezise, born in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales in 1978, is an author of novels, nonfiction, and plays. Her first novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl was published in 2001 and won a place on the Orange Futures List. Her second book, Fresh Apples, a short story collection, won the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her first full-length play, Tonypandemonium, won the Theatre Critics of Wales Award for Best Production in the English language in 2014. Brought to you in cooperation with the British Council.

Dorothy Tse

Tse, Dorothy

Dorothy Tse is a Hong Kong author who works in both English and Chinese. She manages to ground her surrealist style with dashes of realism, making its impact all the more real. Her first English-language short story, “Woman Fish,” was published in The Guardian in 2013. Tse is also co-founder of the Hong Kong literary magazine Fleurs des lettres.

Jakob Vedelsby

Vedelsby, Jakob

Jakob Vedelsby, currently the chairman of the Danish Writers Assiciation, is the author of six novels. His latest novel Moon Shadows was published in Denmark on March 20, 2015. He writes about the big issues that confront the modern world and the visions that will shape its future. He broke into the literary scene in 1990 with poetry before publishing his first novel in 2002, and has also worked in documentary film and journalism. His 2011 hit The Law of Humanity will be published in Chinese by New Star Press. Brought to you with support from the Embassy of Denmark, Beijing.

Daniel Vuillermin

Daniel Vuillermin is a lecturer at the Institute for Medical Humanities at Peking University Health Science Center. He has written for a/b: Auto/Biography StudiesThe Conversation (Australia), Antipodes, the Australian Book ReviewAmerican Communist History, and the China Book Review, among others. Vuillermin is currently co-writing Fanny Burney and Pathography with John Wiltshire.

Benno Wagner

Wagner, Benno

Benno Wagner is a professor in the German Department of the Beijing Institute of Technology. Formerly, his Master’s thesis provided the first comprehensive survey of Aboriginal Australian print media. In 1990 he received his doctoral degree for a thesis on the impact of German print media rhetoric on dissident political movements between 1977 and 1984. He has published widely on Franz Kafka, reading his work in the context of administration, technology, and the law. He has taught and studied around the world, from the University of Queensland, Brisbane to Harvard to Chinese Culture University in Taipei, where he also served as Chair of Department.

Christopher Warren

Warren, Christopher

Christopher Warren is a leading expert on the media and arts industries. As federal secretary of the Australasian professional association and trade union, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, he writes extensively on freedom of expression and rights and work for authors and creators in the cultural sector. Chris began his career at The Sydney Morning Herald. He is a director of the Walkley Foundation for Excellence in Journalism and is trustee of the $4 billion industry Media Super fund. He is immediate past president of the International Federation of Journalists.

Yosuke Watanabe

Yosuke Watanabe

Born in Kashiwazaki City, Yosuke Watanabe graduated from Sophia University, Tokyo in 1983. He went on to study at Holy Cross College, Massachusetts. Watanabe joined Kyodo News in 1983, and has since reported from Shanghai, Hong Kong, Washington, and Beijing. In 2004 he became Kyodo News Beijing Bureau Chief.

Louise Watt

Watt, Louise

Louise Watt is a Beijing-based correspondent for The Associated Press. She covers a variety of issues, including diplomacy, pollution, and the entertainment industry. She also reported on Hong Kong’s recent pro-democracy protests. She has previously worked as a journalist in Thailand, the UK, and Spain.

Lee Williamson

Williamson, Lee

Lee Williamson is editor of Time Out Beijing. He’s been a China-based journalist and editor for six years, the past three in Beijing. Working for Time Out, Lee lives and breathes Beijing (through a mask on certain days, of course). Cut him, and he bleeds hoisin sauce and baijiu. So if you want to know where to get a good cocktail, or a talk with an internationally respected Beijing-based author/moderator, he’s your guy. He tweets at @leesw1985

David Wolf

Wolf, David

David Wolf is Managing Director of Allison+Partners’ Global China Practice, where he advises Chinese, American, and European clients from a variety of industries. He is a regular regional and global analyst and commentator on business in China, contributing to publications such as The Holmes Report, Eurobiz, and WARC. This is in addition to his role as Editorial Advisor for the China Economic Quarterly. He is author of Making the Connection: The Peaceful Rise of China’s Telecommunications Giants.

Edward Wong

Wong, Ed

Edward Wong is the Beijing Bureau Chief of The New York Times. He arrived in Beijing in 2008 after working as a correspondent in the Baghdad bureau, where he received a Livingston Award for his coverage of the Iraq War from 2003 to 2007. He was also among a group of reporters from that bureau named as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. He joined The Times in 1999, and since has been a regular commentator on National Public Radio, BBC, and CBC, and has appeared on the Lehrer NewsHour and the Charlie Rose Show. He also writes often on travels in the Himalayas and other Central Asian mountain ranges, and an essay of his was published in the anthology book Travelers’ Tales Tibet.

Joe Wong

Wong, Joe

Joe Wong headlined the Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner where he roasted vice president Joe Biden. He made multiple appearances on the David Letterman and Ellen Degeneres shows. Joe’s life has been very boring except two surprises in 2010. He went to the Great American Comedy Festival and won the competition there. Then he became Boston Comedian of the Year, after failing to become Boise Idaho comedian of the year. Among many other funny details about his existence, Joe lives in Beijing.

Xiao Lu

Xiao Lu

Xiao Lu (肖鲁) holds degrees from the Subsidiary School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts. She caused a sensation at the 1989 China Avant-Garde Exhibition at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing with her performance piece “Dialogue,” when she fired two gunshots and caused the entire exhibition to be temporarily shut down. Xiao Lu has stood at the forefront of contemporary Chinese art ever since, working in various media both in China and abroad. Born in Hangzhou, she currently lives in Beijing.

Xi Ni Er

Xi Ni Er

Xi Ni Er (the pen name of Chia Hwee Pheng) has published 10 books, including The Stretched Credulity and The Unbearable Heaviness of Life. His many awards include the NBDCS Book Awards (twice), the Singapore Literature Prize, and the Southeast Asia Write Award. He is currently president of the Singapore Association of Writers and vice president of the World Chinese Mini-Fiction Research Association. Brought to you in cooperation with the National Arts Council Singapore.

Xu Xi

Xi, Xu

Xu Xi is the author of nine books of fiction and essays. A Chinese-Indonesian from Hong Kong, she long inhabited the flight path connecting New York, Hong Kong and the South Island of New Zealand before returning to Hong Kong in 2010 to establish the MFA in Creative Writing at the City University of Hong Kong. Her 2001 The Unwalled City tackles the complex paradox of Hong Kong identity. Her novel Habit of a Foreign Sky was a finalist for the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize, while Access: Thirteen Tales explores a variety of Chinese experiences in the age of global travel. She has edited a number of anthologies of Hong Kong writing, including the recently released The Queen of Statute Square: New Short Fiction From Hong Kong.

James Yang

Yang, James

James Yang is a native of Beijing. After a stint in the US, he became involved in the Beijing LGBT Center, first as a volunteer and then as Development Officer in charge of community fundraising. Yang is interested in queer culture and has organized several queer cultural events, such as the “Rainbow-worm” lecture series, featuring both Chinese and international queer artists, writers, filmmakers, and activists, at The Bookworm.

Dr. Damon Young

Young, Damon

Dr. Damon Young is a philosopher and writer. He is the author of Distraction, Philosophy in the Garden, and the recently published How to Think About Exercise. His books have been published in Australia and abroad, and translated into various languages. Young is also the author of two children’s books: My Nanna is a Ninja and My Pop is a Pirate. He recently won the AAP media prize for his work as a public intellectual. Young also played a Mafia thug in a Jackie Chan film. His visit to China is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Katrina Yu

Yu, Katrina

Katrina Yu is an Australian journalist and co-founder of media and events group Beijing Blend. When not in the capital she can be found traveling around China as host for CCTV International’s Travelogue program. Previously based in Sydney, she worked for SBS television’s nightly news bulletin reporting from locations throughout Australia and Asia. 

Lijia Zhang

Zhang, Lijia

Lijia Zhang is a factory-worker-turned writer, journalist, social commentator, and speaker. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, Newsweek, and The New York Times. She is the co-author of China Remembers, an oral history of the People’s Republic of China. Her critically acclaimed memoir Socialism Is Great!, about her decade-long factory experience, has been translated into numerous languages. Her first novel Lotus, about prostitution in contemporary China, will be published next year. She lives in Beijing with her two daughters.

Zhi An

Zhi An

Biography writer and essayist Zhi An, who joined the China Writers Association in 1995, was born in Beijing in 1959 and graduated from Beijing Medical University. He is a prolific author of books such as The Biography of Zhou Zuo Ren (周作人传), exploring the life of Lu Xun’s brother. His latest, A Reluctant Goodbye (惜别), explores life and death through an intimate look at his mother performing trivial daily tasks. It has been listed as one of the top 10 best books of 2014 in China.

Edna Zhou

Zhou, Edna

Edna Zhou is an American writer who first moved abroad at 18, and just kept moving. In the seven years since she has traveled her way around the world working in media, from a tech start-up in Shanghai to a reality television show in Singapore. More recently she spent two years based in Paris as a freelance editor covering the international sports circuit, including the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympics (and one fascinating month spent in Azerbaijan). She is rarely seen without camera in hand, and writes about her adventures at Expat Edna.

Xizhou Zhou

Zhou, Xizhou

Xizhou Zhou, a Senior Director of IHS Energy, leads the firm’s energy practice in Greater China and is a core member of the IHS Energy leadership team in Asia. He is the author of numerous IHS Energy reports concerning gas, power, and coal markets, and has managed a variety of consulting engagements for both international companies investing in China, as well as Chinese companies looking for growth opportunities globally. Zhou was honored by Forbes in 2011 as one of the “30 Under 30” young leaders in energy. He holds Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from Yale University.

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