GBA Lifestyle News
By The Loop HK Contributor | February 15th, 2024

The Hong Kong International Literary Festival is back this March, bringing together both emerging and established writers to celebrate the joy of storytelling. The festival will run for a week, from March 4th to 10th, 2024, at various venues across the city. Alongside the main festival, the Young Readers Festival schools programme will also be taking place, ensuring that bookworms of all ages have a fantastic time.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale starting from February 1st and will be released over a two-week period. This allows attendees ample time to secure their spots for the exciting lineup of events and activities.

One of the featured authors at the festival is Diana Reid, whose debut novel “Love and Virtue” was an instant bestseller in 2021. The book won multiple awards, including the ABIA Book of the Year Award and the ABA Booksellers’ Choice Fiction Book of the Year Award. Reid’s second novel, “Seeing Other People,” published in late 2022, is a clever coming-of-age story centered around the relationship between sisters Charlie and Eleanor. Reid explores the fine line between self-love and selfishness in a fast-moving post-Covid world.

Another notable participant is Jing Tsu, a 2016 Guggenheim fellow and expert in Sinophone studies and contemporary modern Chinese literature and culture. Tsu’s highly acclaimed book, “Kingdom of Characters,” delves into how Chinese visionaries transformed the Chinese language to make it accessible in the modern world of global trade. Tsu’s research spans various fields, including diaspora studies, migration, nationalism, science and technology, and digitalization.

In addition to literary events, the festival also highlights the city’s renowned hospitality community. Lui Ka Chun will share the fascinating stories behind Hong Kong’s beloved dishes, uncovering the vibrant history behind each plate.

Fuschia Dunlop, an award-winning author and expert on Chinese food, will also be present to discuss her latest book, “Invitation to a Banquet.” The book goes beyond being just a cookbook, offering a nuanced exploration of Chinese history and culture through 30 representative dishes.

The Hong Kong International Literary Festival promises to be a captivating celebration of literature, language, and culture. From engaging author talks to culinary insights, attendees can expect a diverse range of experiences that cater to their interests. Make sure to secure your tickets and be a part of this exciting event.