It may not kick off until March 5, but the **Shanghai International Literary Festival** has just released the names of the authors who are coming. Some very big names in there. We are looking forward to **[Su Tong](http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5AG4Y020091117)**, **[Peter Hessler](http://blogs.princeton.edu/pia/personal/ttalhelm/2009/03/how_peter_hessler_ruined_my_ch.html)** and **[Andrew Field](http://www.urbanatomy.com/index.php/arts/why-i-write/2611-why-i-write-andrew-field)**. Full list below:
1. **Tash Aw** The Harmony Silk Factory (Whitbread First Novel award, Commonwealth Writers
Prize for Best First Novel)
2. **Terry Bennett** The History of Photography in China
3. **Sarah Brennan** [children] Tale of Oswald Ox, Run Run Rat, Chester Choi and the Dragon
4. **Andre Brink** A Dry White Season, Other Lives (2008) and numerous other novels
5. **Lars Bukdahl** Alphabets from Pluto, Danish poet
6. **Dario Castagno** Too Much Tuscan Sun: Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide; A Day in
Tuscany: More Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide; Too Much Tuscan Wine.
7. **Graham Freudenberger** Churchill and Australia, winner of the 2009 Walkley Award.
8. **Yuan Tsung Chen** Return to the Middle Kingdom: One Family, Three Revolutionaries and
the Birth of Modern China.
9. **Jose Dalisay**, Soledad’s Sister (2008), shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize
10. **Junot Diaz** The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao [Pulitzer]; Drown
11. **Charles Emmerson** The Future of the Arctic [geopolitics]
12. **Andrew Field** Shanghai’s Dancing World: Cabaret Culture and Urban Politics, 1919-
13. **Shamini Flint** Inspector Singh series – A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder; Bali Conspiracy
Most Foul + chidren’s series: Sasha visits various countries in Asia.
14. **Morris Gleitzman** (children’s) Toad Surprise; Give Peas a Chance, etc.
15. **David Grossman** The Yellow Wind (nonfiction study of Palestinans in Israeli occupied Gaza
and West Bank); Someone to Run with, Her Body Knows (fiction)
16. **Ram Guha** India After Gandhi, named one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals by
17. **Peter Hessler** River Town; Oracle Bones; Driving Lessons (2010)
18. **Moses Isegawa** Abyssian Chronicles; Cobra’s Impunity
19. **Linda Jaivin** A Most Immoral Woman historic fiction - fictionalized account of George
Morrisson’s affair with Mae Perkins
20. **Ritta Jalonen** – teenage fiction The Nights of the Angels, Girl and the Jackda Tree
21. **Tess Johnston** Permanently Temporary: From Berlin to Shanghai in Half a Century (2010).
22. **Hitomi Kanehara** Snakes & Earrings; Ash Baby Onetime runaway and street kid.
23. **Hyejin Kim** Jia-A novel of North Korea.
24. **Rachel Kushner** Telex from Cuba.
25. **Mandla Langa** Lost Colours of the Chameleon - Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2009 (Africa)
26. **David Leffman** Rough Guides China author
27. **Margaret Read MacDonald** [children’s]
28. **Garry Marchant** – The Peace Correspondent A journalist’s tales of travels around Asia
29. **Francesca Marciano**-Cassa Rossa, The End of Manners + screenplays for a number of
30. **Frank Moorhouse** Palais des Nations Trilogy – Grand Days, Dark Palace (winner of Miles
Franklin Literary Award) / + Martini: A Memoir
31. **Mo Zhi Hong** The Year of the Shanghai Shark (Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Best First
32.** Les Murray** The Biplane Houses “one of the greatest contemporary poets writing in English”
33. **Chen Murong** – Leave Me Alone Chengdu Gritty novel about young Chinese in 90s
34. **Elizabeth O’Donoghue** – Irish performance poet
35. **Kristin Bair O’Keeffe** - Thirsty
36. **James Palmer** The Bloody White Baron
37. **Emily Perkins** Novel About My Wife
38. **Schatz + Blackrose** [children’s]
39. **Asne Sierestad** The Bookseller of Kabul
40. **Sjön The Blue Fox** (nominated for independent Foreign Fiction award)
41. **Su Tong** Rice; Wives and Concubines (adapted to Raise the Red Lantern); My Life as
Emperor. 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize for The Boat to Redemption (not yet published)
42. **Alice Pung** Unpolished Gem Young Cambodian-Chinese migrant’s coming-of-age memoir
43. **Billy Ramsell** Complicated Pleasures – Irish poet
44. **Alan Titley** Beyond the Knacker’s Yard
45. **Donata & Christoph Valentien** Shanghai’s New Botanic Garden
46. **Nury Vittachi** Feng Shui Detective series
47. **Alexis Wright** Carpentaria
*confirmed authors as of December 15 2009, list is not final.