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March 11 and 12 BLF Chengdu Events in Pictures

So far this week at the BLF Chengdu, we have heard Tom Miller discuss the challenges and potential of China’s rapid urbanisation and  Jen Lin Liu on how learning to cook took her on a journey of discovery around China and all the way along the “noodle road” through Central Asia to Turkey, Iran and Italy. […]

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Covering China panel rounds out BLF opening weekend

Last night’s panel on writing and publishing books on China was a wide-ranging discussion featuring writer and chef Jen Lin-Liu, journalist Tom Miller and writer/editor Derek Sandhaus. Topics ranged from noodles to urbanisation, with the panelists giving both fascinating insights into their own backgrounds and writing processes and some helpful advice to aspiring writers. Their […]

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Gan Bei! China Drinks at BLF opening weekend

A packed crowd enjoyed last night’s talk by reformed baijiu skeptic Derek Sandhaus on Chinese drinking culture. Derek’s entertaining talk covered aspects of baijiu history, production and cultural significance, followed by a lively Q&A and a fascinating tasting session. The audience tasted 5 different kinds of baijiu, from top of the range Shuijingfang to cheap […]

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Opening Night! Sichuan Women Across the Generations

Chengdu kicked BLF 2013 off to a great start with a panel discussion with local scribes Wang Erbei, Zhou Yuxia, Yan Ge, Tao Jiajia, Zhu Wanying, Wang Xiaoge and Liu Guoxin on women writers in contemporary Chinese society, and how their experience differs across the generations. What a perfect way to celebrate International Women’s Day. We’ll post […]

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Sichuan women writers panel: poetry in translation

To complete our preview of the opening night of BLF 2013 in Chengdu, here are selected works in translation by some of the writers who will participate in the Sichuan Women Writers Panel on Friday 8 March at 7.30 pm. Wang Erbei 背影 迷你背影 不觉头白了 蓦然你转身 诸神次第倒下   Departing Figure   Departing figure Unaware of […]

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Two Short Stories by Yan Ge

As a preview of the opening night of BLF 2013 in Chengdu, we are delighted to introduce two short crime stories by local novelist Yan Ge, who will participate in the Sichuan Women Writers Panel on Friday 8 March at 7.30 pm. The opening night of BLF 2013 in Chengdu celebrates both International Women’s Day […]

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BLF Slang Sampler

BLF 2013 features a diverse bunch of authors. Hailing from more than twenty countries, they come from the South Africa (Sifiso Mzobe) and Sweden (Karin Tidbeck), Ireland (Paul Murray) and Slovenia(Andrej Blatnik), Haiti (Makenzy Orcel), Israel (Eshkol Nevo) and even the exotic American Midwest (Chad Harbach) They’ll bring great writing and provocative ideas, and yes, […]

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Friday Reads: BLF Staff Edition

Happy Friday! What better way to gear up for the weekend than to curl up with a good book. Today, the BLF staff is reading… Liz, Volunteers Coordinator: You Can’t Eat GNP: Economics as if Ecology Matters by Eric Davidson Economic growth can’t be sustained without a healthy environment. The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth […]

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Excerpted: Young Blood by Sifiso Mzobe

South African writer Sifiso Mzobe was born in Durban’s Umlazi Township, His novel Young Blood tells the story of the township through the eyes of Sipho, a “young blood” – a seventeen-year-old “caught up in a world of money, booze and greed.” It earned him a spot as one of the most promising young voices […]

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Alain Mabankou: Prince of the Absurd

An oldie but goodie. A 2011 Economist profile of author Alain Mabankou. On his writing (Memoirs of a Porcupine, Black Bazaar, Broken Glass): Its exuberant satire extends to a Rabelaisian pissing contest whose participants map France in spray, and a morbid parody of the serial-killer genre that owes as much to Albert Camus’s “The Outsider” […]

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