Taking place from November 5 to 15, the 21st edition of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival returns with events at the Asia Society, Fringe Club and Tai Kwun. Themed “rebound”, the festival focuses on mental health, resilience, and recovery from the past two years of the pandemic through the joy of reading and the excitement of discovering new books. As usual, the annual festival presents a star-studded line-up of overseas writers and their works.
This year features Paula Hawkins, the British author of the psychological thriller novel The Girl on the Train; South African playwright and novelist Damon Galgut, whose The Promise was shortlisted for the Booker Prize last month; Amor Towles, the American author of Rules of Civility; and young adult fiction writer Karen M McManus, creator of New York Times bestseller One of Us Is Lying.
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The festival is also known for shining a light on Asian talent. This year, it will highlight Hong Kong podcasts in a panel led by Regina Larko, the founder of #impact, an interview series about people making a difference to society with their work. In terms of the more traditional publishing industry, the festival will feature rising and established local and Asian writers, including a number of Hongkongers whose work spans genres and topics, including poetry, fiction, history and heritage writing, and wine appreciation.
“It’s an exciting time to be a writer—or a reader— with so many ways to create and access the written word,” says Catherine Platt, the director of the festival. “Asia is no exception, and is leading the way in some formats, with writers publishing their work online and producing content for online forums.” Here are six authors appearing at the festival this year.