Beginning as a little-known event in Shanghai back in 2004, M Literary Festival has evolved into a major artistic event on the Chinese calendar. And since its inception in Beijing in 2009, the aptly named Capital M Literary Festival has provided little disappointment in giving us some big names in the literature sphere from China and beyond. Visitors can indulge in poetry readings, discussions, forums, and more from popular writers, thinkers, and even rock stars. The festival, which is staged at the city’s famous Qianmen Street, features a total of over 30 presenters and runs for three weeks in March, with tickets on sale since February 20. As tickets for this are guaranteed to go fast, we’re going to delve in to some of the most hotly anticipated events of the festival.
When: Mar 1-17
Where: Capital M, 3F Qianmen Pedestrian Street (just south of Tian'anmen Square), Chongwen District, Beijing
北京市崇文区前门大街2号3层View In Map
Price: 75 RMB per session, 188 RMB for literary lunches
1) James Fallows – Can China Make It?
Acclaimed journalist and Emmy-winning China expert James Fallows will be giving a talk on the future of China and will also be discussing his new book China Airbourne, which was released last spring. Fallows is a regular on the international news scene, makes frequent appearances on CNN and the BBC and has written ten books covering political and business related topics regarding China and beyond.
When: Mar 3, 19:00
2) Cui Jian – In Conversation with Linda Jaivin
The godfather of Chinese rock will be taking your questions as well as discussing his soon to be released movie Blue Bone, which follows the stories of Chinese theater and musical performers throughout different periods of Chinese history. Cui first emerged on the scene in 1986 with his acclaimed record Nothing to my Name, and is known as the pioneer of China’s rock scene.
When: Mar 5, 19:00
3) Birgitta Lindqvist – Chinese Women, Then & Now
Swedish author Birgitta Lindqvist lived in Beijing from 1969-1971, and will be talking about her novel Where No One Can Be Reached, which looks at the role of women in China during the Cultural Revolution. Linqvist will also be discussing modern Chinese women through her recent release of short stories.
When: Mar 11, 12:00
4) Kunal Sinha and David Wolf – On Creativity and Innovation in China
Kunal Sinha is the author of award-winning book China’s Creative Imperative and Raw: Pervasive Creativity in Asia, and will be teaming up with David Wolf, a fellow author and China business commentator to discuss China’s current creative powers and what it means for the country’s future.
When: Mar 13, 19:00
5) Howard French – Haphazard Empire: Chinese Migrants in Africa
American Author and journalist Howard French will be discussing his recent work, which looks at the stories of millions of Chinese migrant workers in Africa. French has previously lived in Shanghai and has most recently worked as a senior correspondent with the New York Times.
When: Mar 17, 15:00
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