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Shanghai Literary Festival returns

The Shanghai Lit Fest returns from October 31 - November 8. An institution in the local literary calendar, the M on the Bund event returns with a new, shorter format. Scaled back to one week, this year’s speakers are no less eminent than in previous years. The full line up has yet to be released but here are the highlights to whet your appetite

Lev Grossman

Author of the number one New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy. He is also the book critic and lead technology writer at TIME magazine. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.

Cai Jingdong

Born in Beijing, Cai received his early musical training in China, where he learned to play the violin and piano. He came to the United States in 1985. Together with his wife, Sheila Melvin, Cai has co-authored several New York Times articles on the performing arts in China and a new book, Rhapsody in Red: How Western Classical Music Became Chinese.

Musa Okwonga

Poet, journalist, and musician based in Berlin. The son of refugees from Idi Amin's Uganda, and a scholarship student at Eton College, he studied law at Oxford University before leaving a career as a City-trained lawyer to become a poet. The winner of the 1996 WH Smith Young Writers Competition, he is the author of two books about football, A Cultured Left Foot (Duckworths) and Will You Manage? (Serpent's Tail).

Patricia Luce Chapman

Born in 1926, Patricia lived in Shanghai for the first 14 years of her life, moving to the United States in November 1940 when the tensions that led to full war with Japan grew to unacceptable levels. Her father, interned in a Japanese camp after Pearl Harbor, was evacuated to the United States in 1943 on a prisoner exchange ship. Mrs. Chapman has since had a rich and varied career in journalism, songwriting and acting. Tea on the Great Wall is her fourth book.

Xiao Bai

The Shanghai son began writing in 2009. He quickly made a name for himself as a writer of fiction and essays. His first book, a collection of essays entitled Horny Hamlet (2009), was a prizewinner in China. His debut novel,Game Point, followed in 2010, and French Concession, his second novel, appeared in 2011 in China. The latter was recently translated into English, his first book to appear in the language. In 2013, his novella, Xu Xiangbi The Spy, won the 10th Annual Shanghai Literary Prize.

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