Bestselling author Paul French is in Hong Kong, and you have several chances to meet him and get a signed book. Read on for full details and other book news.
Book events:
Paul French in Hong Kong

Book talk 1:
Paul will be at Vibe Bookshop in Mui Wo, Lantau Island, on Sunday 7th April at 2pm to give a talk and sign his books.
Free event. Please join us for wine and chat! See the event flyer. / tel. 2984 9371

Book talk 2:
Join us at Bookazine for a book talk and signing with Paul for his latest book Destination Shanghai: a collection of 18 biographical vignettes of the famous and infamous who sojourned in Shanghai during the city’s golden age.
When: Wednesday 10th April 2019, 6.30pm–7.30pm.
Where: Bookazine Prince’s Building, Shop 326-328, Landmark Prince’s, Central, Hong Kong.
Free event – RSVP or enquiries: / tel. 2542 1133

Book talk 3:
Paul will be talking to the Royal Geographic Society Hong Kong on Thursday 11th April.
Destination Shanghai: The Lost, the Wanted, the Famous & the Forgotten of its Golden Years
6.30pm at Two IFC in Central, Hong Kong, HK$150/HK$200.
Click here for full event details.
"Shanghai in the early 20th century is a rich vein for historians and writers to mine, and none have done so over the years with as much panache as Paul French. ... The respectable rubbed shoulders with the demimonde, swindlers with police sergeants, ingenues with investors, accountants with alcoholics. They all contributed to an urban culture which was a toehold for global modernity in China during a dangerous age."
Read the full article by Jeremiah Jenne at Radii China.

Other news
Review: Hong Kong Noir

"Elegiac rather than horrific, more melancholic than murderous, Hong Kong Noir‘s 14 tales collectively evoke past and contemporary visions of a city steeped in tradition and street-lore even at the heights of its ambitious, restless modernity. In this anthology of short stories, 14 writers with varied relationships to Hong Kong write of widely contrasting facets of their home or adopted city. Each tale covers a different geographical section of the thriving metropolis, from the deceptively tranquil islands of Lamma and Cheung Chau through the fading bacchanal of Lan Kwai Fong, the avaricious glitter of Tsim Sha Shui and the mean streets of Mong Kok to the remote serenity of Ma On Shan."
Read the full review in Issue 43 of Cha.

Author interview
Frank Kasell Traveled by Train to Eat 300 Dishes in 53 Cities for His New Book on Chinese Street Food

"Usually, if I see internal parts on a menu, they’re worth trying,” says Frank Kasell, who I’ve invited to discuss his first book, Chinese Street Food, over a lunch of dan dan noodles, spicy beef with soft tofu, and stir-fried pork intestines at Szechuan Garden in Morrisville. I’ve never had that last dish, but since the guy wrote a book bearing the sub-title “A Field Guide for the Adventurous Diner,” I dig in. (It tastes like richer, chewier pork belly).
Kasell spent three months traveling by train across China, sampling and photographing more than three hundred street-food dishes, recording tasting notes and anecdotes, and cataloguing them according to province and city. And while several fall on the more adventurous end of the spectrum, such as Chengdu’s rabbit heads, or Changchun’s skewered deep-fried silkworm pupae, the book explores the gamut, including fried snacks, sweets, dumplings, noodles, soups, porridges, and more. Whether you’re an intrepid foodie or an armchair traveler, the catalog of dishes is a fascinating look at the diversity of Chinese street food and its cultural nuances. 
As often happens with discovering a new cuisine, all it takes is one bite to get you hooked."
Read the full article at IndyWeek.

Wartime history
On the Hong Kong Heritage radio programme, novelist and history teacher Paul Letters spoke about his new novel The Slightest Chance, set in Hong Kong in the second world war. One of the lead characters is based on a real-life prison camp escapee. Listen to the 30-minute podcast.
Lindsay Varty's Sunset Survivors, a beautiful book about the disappearing tradespeople of Hong Kong, was featured in a story on CNN. With photos by Gary Jones.
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