Shanghai's annual book fair will open August 13 at Shanghai Exhibition Center and visitors can meet some prominent guest speakers such as Nobel-winning author Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul and Pulitzer-winning novelist Robert Olen Butler and poet Robert Hass.
Naipaul, the 81-year-old British writer, will give a speech on the theme of "Literature and Translation: in another language" in the Shanghai Science Hall at 57 Nanchang Road at 2pm, August 12 and then attend a reading event at the same place at 7:30pm, August 15.
Butler, the 69-year-old American novelist, will sign his prize-winning book "A Good Scent from A Strange Mountain" in the main hall of Shanghai Exhibition Center at 2pm, August 13. He will also talk about how his Vietnam War experiences influenced his writing in Shanghai Library at 2pm, August 17.
American poet Robert Hass, 73, will hold a book-signing to promote his new Chinese poetry anthology that contains his famous poems like "Field Guide," "Praise," "Human Wishes," "Sun Under Wood" and "Time and Materials" at Sinan Mansions at 2pm, August 14. Hass will also talk with American poet Brenda Hillman and two Chinese poets that day.
French writer Marc Levy will share his inspirations for writing "The Shadow Thief" with readers on the 4th floor of Shanghai Library at 2:30pm, August 16. Levy will also sign the Chinese copies of his book "Stronger than Fear" in the main hall of Shanghai Exhibition Center at 3:45pm, August 17.
Another highlight of the book fair will be a photo exhibition in honor of Marguerite Duras, one of the best-known French writers in China. French photographer Helene Bamberger will exhibit the photos she took for Duras between 1980 and 1994 at Sinan Mansions, 515 Fuxing Road M. from August 14 to September 3.
The book fair will open at Shanghai Exhibition Center from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Thursday and from 9am to 10pm Friday to Sunday. It will end on August 19. Admission is 10 yuan (US$1.6) and 5 yuan after 6pm.