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March 5, 2010 in The China Beat


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I’d very much like to be in China this month, as several cities are hosting big literary events that feature many authors I’ve followed for the past several years, and whose names are probably familiar to regular China Beat readers. In Beijing, the Bookworm International Literary Festival is welcoming Graham Earnshaw (The Great Walk of China, March 6), Jonathan Tel (The Beijing of Possibilities, March 8; two excerpts are here and here), and Jeremy Goldkorn (Danwei, March 18). The Shanghai International Literary Festival is also boasting a program chock-full of talks I’d love to hear, such as Hyejin Kim on “Writing Contemporary Historical Fiction” (March 6), Paul French on “The Down and Dirty Secrets of Seedy Shanghai and Perverted Peking” (March 7), and Andrew Field on “Shanghai’s Dancing World: Cabaret Culture and Urban Politics, 1919-1954” (March 13).