Old friends return for literary festival

Yao Minji
Shanghai's international lit festival will feature local authors among its array of international writers during two weeks of events at No. 5 on the Bund.
Yao Minji

This year's Shanghai International Literary Festival will be held from March 14 to March 27.

Old friends such as Tess Johnston, Paul French and Qiu Xiaolong will attend with their most recent works on Shanghai's passage through the 20th century, forgotten tales of the city and a new addition to detective novels in Shanghai. 

The annual festival has lined up more than 30 events over the two weeks at No. 5 on the Bund, keeping many of its traditions with children's events, panel discussions, literary lunches and poetry sessions while also inviting more Shanghai writers to join in the discussions.

Local novelist Jin Yucheng will talk about his award-winning novel "Blossoms," which makes extensive use of local dialects. The literary journal editor released the novel on the Internet when he was writing it, striving for a balance between maintaining his control over the work while responding to requests from readers.

Rao Pingru, another local author, will share the story of his life, told through his popular graphic novel recording how he and his wife have struggled to survive through both turbulent and peaceful times.

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