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Chinese Cultural Celebration
May 26, 2015 - May 31, 2015Free
For the first time in history, BookExpo America will host China as part of its Global Market Forum initiative. This international exchange will kick off a week of events including a film festival, UN photo exhibition, author speaker series and more.
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This year’s BookExpo America (BEA) for the first time hosts China as part of its Global Market Forum (GMF) initiative, bringing the world’s largest market to U.S. shores and kicking off more than a dozen events to take place across New York City. The cultural exchange will include a series of panels and activities at BEA as well as offsite events open to the general public including:
– “Beautiful China” Photo Exhibition (UN Headquarters)
A total of 60 photographs from China and Beautiful China, the large-scale visual art collections jointly published by institutions at home and abroad, will be on view to the public. All are works by renowned Chinese photographers, and offer a chance for visitors to better understand China, discover its exquisite world heritage sites, picturesque sceneries, and landscapes and learn more about Chinese culture. Exhibition on display at UN Headquarters May 26-30.
– China-US Publishing and Media Industry Forum (Jacob Javits)
The US and China, the two largest publishing markets in the world, are witnessing a deep transformation of their book industries, by the forces of digital media and globalization, along with changing markets and audiences. Both markets are grappling with and rethinking, the idea of publishing in the 21st century. This Forum brings together industry leaders from both countries for a fascinating discussion about the opportunities and challenges on the road to the future of publishing. May 27, 2:30 pm, Javits Center Room 1E11.
– Literature Film Screening and Authors’ Q&A (Various Locations)
Don’t miss the screening of seven outstanding films directed by renowned Chinese directors adapted from books by contemporary Chinese novelists some of whom will appear after the film screening to take questions from the audience. This “mini Film Festival,” will take place across three boroughs – Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, and includes the films: A Cherry on the Pomegranate Tree, Fly with a Crane, Back to 1942, The Stolen Years, I am a Genius, Blind Massage, and Under the Hawthorne Tree.
– Barnes & Noble UWS Series (Barnes and Noble UWS – 2289 Broadway)
Decoded with Mai Jia
Mai Jia, China’s foremost author of spy thrillers talks about the creation of his newest novel to be published in English: Decoded. Set in the 1930’s during China’s civil war, the story revolves around Rong Jinzhen, a semi-autistic math genius recruited by a top-secret government agency as a code-breaker. Mai discusses the balance between the demands of the genre, and the psychological exploration afforded by literary fiction. May 27, 7:00 pm.
Running Through Beijing and Beijing, Beijing
Don’t miss this fascinating conversation between two of China’s most exciting novelists: Feng Tang, whose novel, Beijing Beijing, is about growing up in the city and being a local Beijinger, and Xu Zechen, whose Running Through Beijing, is about a young man who has come to the city to try to ‘make his way in the world,’ but distinctly feels like he doesn’t belong. The conversation will be moderated by poet and translator Canaan Morse. May 29, 7:00 pm.
– A Perfect Crime (The Center for Fiction 7E 47th Street)
A conversation between A Yi and John Freeman. A Yi’s fiction draws heavily on his experiences as a rural policeman, layering onto this mundane foundation a cutting humor, bizarre narrative, twists, and an unnervingly cruel take on human desire and violence. Join A Yi and editor John Freeman in conversation about the balance between fictional material and imagination, and the limits of honesty. May 29, 7:00 pm.