5 Events You Shouldn't Miss At The Hong Kong Literary Festival

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November 3, 2017 | BY Coco Marett

This weekend marks the start of the 2017 Hong Kong Literary Festival. Star authors attending the week-long event include Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, and Duncan Clark, who penned Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built. Even if you aren’t a bookworm, the week will be filled with inspirational and entertaining author's talks that cover a plethora of topics from politics to travel and everything in between. Here are five events that we're looking forward to:

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Amy Tan: Where The Past Begins

An intimate talk with the writer who pretty much single-handedly defined Asian-American literature with novels like The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter's Daughter? Yes, please. 

This event will take place on Sunday, November 5 at The Wang Gungwu Theatre House at The University of Hong Kong. Purchase tickets on ticketflap.com

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When Japanese author Hideo Yokoyama's crime novel Six Four was first released in Japan last year it was an instant hit, selling a million copies in just six days.  Now that it's been translated to English, crime novel fiends around the world have gotten their fix and can't get enough. Join Hideo for a talk about his success and the inspiration behind Six Four. 

This event will take place on Sunday, November 5 at The Wang Gungwu Theatre House at The University of Hong Kong. Purchase tickets on ticketflap.com

Photo: Courtesy of Duncan Clark
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The House That Jack Ma Built 

Former advisor to Alibaba and author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, Duncan Clark's compelling tale on Jack Ma's rise is a captivating observation of China's economic and social changes in the two decades since Alibaba was founded. 

This event will take place on Tuesday, November 7 at Fringe Club. Purchase tickets on ticketflap.com

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Min Jin Lee: Pachinko

Author Min Jin Lee talks with Emily Ridge about her riveting new novel, Pachinko, which tells the story of a Korean family living in Japan over four generations. It's a work of fiction, but Min Jin's rich storytelling will easily have you fooled in believing that Pachinko could be based on a true story.

This event will take place on Friday, November 11 at Fringe Club. Purchase tickets on ticketflap.com

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Generation HK 

It's trying yet fascinating times in Hong Kong. This discussion, led by Financial Times South China correspondent Ben Bland and moderator Benjamin Haas, will cover everything from teenage activists turned politicians, multi-millionaire super tutors and artists fighting for their rights.

This event will take place on Sunday, November 12 at the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences. Purchase tickets on ticketflap.com

For more information about the Hong Kong Literary Festival, visit festival.org.hk