The team behind Chengdu's English-language literary journal, MaLa, launches its second issue on March 11 as part of the Bookworm International Literary Festival. Photo by Kirsten A. Allen.
Now in its fifth year, the month-long festival plays a vital role in the development of Chengdu's contemporary cultural events. Taking place in China's three Bookworm cities simultaneously—Chengdu, Beijing, and Suzhou—the festival aims "to showcase the modern voices of Chinese authors to the world and bring some of the world's leading literary lights to China."
Another festival goal is to foster links between literary figures, both big and small, across cities, countries, and continents. To that end, it brings a diverse group of novelists, poets, journalists, filmmakers, and more from a variety of backgrounds who address a range of subjects. Some are China-related; others are not.
From big names in English-language China writing, such as Peter Hessler, Jonathan Watts and Bill Dodson to up-and-coming local writers and back to established international writers, the festival prides itself on "featuring emerging as well as established writers from around the world."
This year the schedule includes book talks, panel discussions, writing and publishing workshops, film screenings, and more. Click here for a full list of festival events.
Tickets to all events are RMB50 (including a glass of wine to complete the creative-intellectual image), but the Bookworm is generously sponsoring ticket giveaways for GoChengdoo readers throughout the festival, so be sure to register to receive your chance to win! Many of these giveaways will be available only to our newsletter subscribers, so make sure you sign up now.