BEST OF THE BOOK FAIR

Ev­ery year, the Hong Kong Book Fair just gets big­ger and big­ger. Now in its 27th year, the book fair on July 20-26 fea­tures a huge of­fer­ing of ven­dors, plus lit­er­ary and creative talks on ev­ery­thing from ar­ti­sanal jew­elry mak­ing to Don Quixote. Here’s a r

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Chi­nese Mar­tial Arts Lit­er­a­ture Ex­hibit

To high­light the theme of this year’s book fair, which is Chi­nese Mar­tial Arts Lit­er­a­ture, one zone of the fair’s gallery is de­voted to teach­ing fes­ti­val-go­ers about the his­tory of the form, in­tro­duc­ing eight wuxia au­thors in­clud­ing Liang Yusheng, Gu Long and Jin Yong through a col­lec­tion of comic clip­pings, adapted screen­plays, comic books and mar­tial arts-in­spired paint­ings. An­other zone is ded­i­cated to the Silk Road, fo­cus­ing on the Main­land’s Shaanxi prov­ince and In­dia, through his­tor­i­cal crafts, cos­tumes, pho­to­graphs and more. Art Gallery, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive,

Wan Chai.

Arthur R. Kroe­ber, “China’s Econ­omy: Pow­er­house, Men­ace or the Next Ja­pan?”

From third world coun­try to the world’s sec­ond-big­gest econ­omy and largest trad­ing na­tion, China has en­dured end­less dra­matic changes, and its fu­ture is un­clear: Could China con­tinue on a path as an eco­nomic leader, or will it run into a cri­sis, spurred by cor­rup­tion and other fac­tors? This sem­i­nar is led by Arthur R. Kroe­ber, edi­tor of the China Eco­nomic Quar­terly. Jul 20, 6-7:30pm. Meet­ing Rooms S426-427, HKCEC. Free with reg­is­tra­tion at hk­book­fair.hktdc.com.

Martin Yan, “The Taste of Nos­tal­gia”

Cel­e­brated Hong Kong-Amer­i­can chef Martin Yan, whose show Yan Can Cook brought Chi­nese cook­ing into US homes, is in town pro­mot­ing his book “My Hong Kong Series by Martin Yan: The Taste of Nos­tal­gia.” He’ll be show­cas­ing his own fa­vorite Hong Kong dishes ( sans beef and broc­coli), as well as shar­ing recipes from some of the city’s most en­dur­ing restau­rants. Pre­sen­ta­tion in Can­tonese. Jul 22, 11-12:30am. Meet­ing Room S423-424, HKCEC. Free, reg­is­ter at hk­book­fair.hktdc.com.

Sarah Howe, “Turned Al­ways Home”

Bri­tish poet and au­thor of 2015’s TS Eliot Po­etry Award-win­ning book, “Loop of Jade,” Sarah Howe will be read­ing from her book and dis­cussing her work in con­ver­sa­tion with Peter Gor­don, one of the founders of the Asian Re­view of Books. “Loop of Jade” is a com­pi­la­tion of po­ems which ex­plore her re­la­tion­ship with Hong Kong as a half-Chi­nese, half-Bri­tish writer. Jul 21, 6-7:30pm.Meet­ing Rooms S222-233, HKCEC. Free with reg­is­tra­tion at hk­book­fair.hktdc.com

Wal­lace Chan, “A Jour­ney of Jew­elry, Art and Cre­ation”

One of world’s lead­ing jew­elry-mak­ers, Wal­lace Chan is known for his im­pec­ca­bly de­tailed, del­i­cately carved gem­stones and the tales they tell.

The first Asian jew­eler to ex­hibit at the Bi­en­nale de Paris, his mas­ter­piece di­a­mond and jadeite neck­lace, “Great Wall,” sold for $73.5 mil­lion in 2012. He will be in con­ver­sa­tion with Dr. Emily Ba­nis Stoehrer, the cu­ra­tor of the Mu­seum of Fine Arts Bos­ton, to talk about his creative process and phi­los­o­phy, his jour­ney from Bud­dhist sculp­tor to artist-jew­eler, and his first lim­ited edi­tion mono­graph, to be un­veiled at this talk. Jul 20, 3- 4:30pm. Meet­ing Rooms S222-223, HKCEC. Free with reg­is­tra­tion at hk­book­fair.hktdc.com.

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