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
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,
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.