10 January - Book Talk: Trying Not to Try by Edward Slingerland (Beijing)
We’re typically taught that the best way to reach our goals or to be satisfied is to try harder or strive more intensely, but pushing harder is often actually counterproductive. Some of the most desirable states in life—happiness, attractiveness, physical efficacy in the world—are best pursued indirectly. This was recognized by early Chinese thinkers, both Daoists and Confucians, who embraced an embodied model of the self and focused on the power of wu-wei or “effortless action.” How, though, can a person try not to try?
11 January - The Asia Society Book Club (Zurich)
At our second Asia Society Book Club, we will discuss The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea published in 2017 by Bandi, a North Korean dissident writer. In 1989, under this pseudonym, Bandi began to write a series of stories about the life under Kim Il Sung’s totalitarian regime. Later these stories were smuggled out of North Korea by a close relative and set for publication in 2017 for the world to read.
11-15 January - Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (Kolkata)
Featuring Sanaz Fotouhi, Jerry Pinto, Madhubanti, Sandip Roy, Sanil Sachar, Anna Rossie, Arindham Sil, Aritra Sarkar, Nalini Paul, Daniel Hahn, Devi Kar, Sunita Kohli, Namita Gokhale, Isheeta Neotia, Jade William, Dolly Basu, Usha Uthup, Vidya Rao, Vikas Kumar Jha and many more.
13 January - Book Launch: Lancing Girls of a Happy World (Singapore)
The launch offers a candid sharing of Adeline Foo's research and writing over a 14-month period. It is supported by a talk from Project X, a community based organisation established in 2008, which dispels myths about the sex worker community and addresses the gap in social services for them. How far have things changed since the time when dancing girls first accepted money for providing a service?
14-16 January - Lit for Life Festival (Chennai)
Featuring Amitava Kumar, Amiralam S Padmanabhan, Arshia Sattar, Arun Kumar, Bama Faustina, Chetan Sharma, Divya Kapur, Imayam, Janice Pariat, Jerry Pinto, KR Meera, Karan Karki, Malavika Nataraj, Nandini Krishnan, Tishani Doshi, Vaasanthi, Victor Mallet and many more.
18 January - Ekphrasis: The art of writing from art (Melbourne)
Ekphrasis—writing from art—is a creative practice that can be traced back to the Iliad of Homer. Through discussion of the history and evolution of ekphrasis, examples of ekphrasis in works of literature—both poetry and prose—as well as practical workshop exercises, students will learn from Bella Li how to develop and enrich their own writing practice through an active engagement with the visual arts.
19-20 January - Asian Women Writers Festival (Singapore)
India Se presents the second Asian Women Writers Festival featuring British Chinese author Jung Chang as the keynote speaker. Speakers include Balli Kaur Jaswal, Nuraliah Norasid, Noelle de Jesus, Shobhaa De, Mitra Phukan and Sabyn Javeri.
21 January - Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming (Texas)
Asia Society Texas Center is thrilled to provide a screening of Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming in collaboration with the 25th Houston Iranian Film Festival. The film won Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Window Horses follows the story of Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet who is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather be in Paris.
22-27 January - Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet (Kolkata)
Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet is an endeavor to bring an unparalleled experience to literary enthusiasts and provide a platform for a dialogue and intellectual exchange of views on contemporary issues. It brings together literary Giants/authors from varied backgrounds for issue-based dialogues on a wide range of relevant topics.
24-28 January - Galle Literary Festival (Galle)
Featuring Amit Chaudhuri, Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke, Ganath Obeyeskere, Firi Rahman, Jaina Sanga, Jehan Aloysius, Nirupama Menon Rao, Nayomi Munaweera, Sandra Jensen, Sebastian Faulks, Shankari Chandran, Shiromi Pinto, Viviemarie Vanderpoortenand many more.
25 January - Pitching Memoir and Non-Fiction (Melbourne)
You’ve got a brilliant idea no-one else has covered in a book before. But is there a reason for that? Or maybe you have a compelling true life story that begs to be told. But will enough readers care? Learn from Meelee Soorkia and Fran Berry on how to think as a publisher thinks, explore the commissioning and acquisitions process, and find out how you can pitch your brilliant idea to its best advantage.
25-29 January - Jaipur Literature Festival (Jaipur)
Featuring Avinash Das, Abeer Y Hoque, Aanchal Malhotra, Chika Unigwe, Charu Singh, Devyani Bhardwaj, Alka Pande, Amy Tan, Michael Breen, Samhita Arni, Sam Miller, Suki Kim, Swati Chaturvedi, Tara June Winch, Tishani Doshi, Vani Tripathi, Upinder Singh, Urvashi Butalia and many more.
26-28 January - Hyderabad Literary Festival (Hyderabad)
Featuring Arundhati Nag, Avner Pariat, Gopikrishnan Kottor, Inma Lopez Silva, Mamta Sagar, Meena Menon, Ornit Shani, Nia Davies, Rahul Singh, Prathiba Nandakumar, Seema Mustafa, Sagarika Ghose, Toral Shah, Shiv Aroor and many more.
27 January - Workshop: Telling Folktales from Southeast Asia (Singapore)
Learn how telling Southeast Asian folktales helps children learn fascinating information about songs, music, food, animals and places in Asian culture and history. This workshop is suitable for writers, teachers and literary facilitators who work with children aged 5-8 years old.
28 January - Opportunity Festival (Hong Kong)
Opportunity Festival is a collaborative program of U.S. Consulate Hong Kong and Macau, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong American Centre, and American Chamber of Commerce, and produced by OWN Academy. The goal of Opportunity Festival is to expose a broad swath of Hong Kong youth to alternative pathways to success via 21st Century skills focusing on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.