Louis de Bernières
Louis de Bernières was born in London in 1954. In 1990 he published his first novel and was selected by Granta magazine as one of the “20 Best of Young British Novelists” in 1993. His book, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel and has been translated into over eleven languages. He lives in Norfolk.
André Brink
One of South Africa’s most distinguished writers, André Brink was born in 1935. And now is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Cape Town. His latest books are Praying Mantis (2005) and The Blue Door (2007).
Vikram Chandra
Vikram Chandra was born and grew up in India. Sacred Games, his most recent novel, is a literary Indian crime thriller. Chandra has also co-written an Indian feature film, Mission Kashmir. He divides his time between Mumbai and Berkeley where he teaches creative writing at the University of California.2007).
Morris Gleitzman
Morris Gleitzman was born in England in 1953 and moved to Australia in 1969. Gleitzman’s books are aimed primarily at readers aged 8 to 12 and he is known for his tough subjects, presented in a humorous and offbeat style. He is also a well-know columnist and writes regularly for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age, and for Young Telegraph.
Emily Gravett
Emily Gravett was born in Brighton. Her book, Wolves(2005) won many prizes including the Kate Greenaway Medal and marked the beginning of an internationally stellar career creating extraordinary books for children. Her recent book, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, won the Kate Greenaway Medal again, and her latest work, Monkey and Me, has also been shortlisted. Gravett now lives back in Brighton with her daughter, partner and two pet rats.
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Gaby Halberstam was born and raised in Africa until her family moved to England. Her first novel, Blue Sky Freedom, received critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children's Book of the Year. Her second book, The Red Dress, was published in 2009.
Robin Hemley
Robin Hemley is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on DO-OVER! He has published eight books of fiction and non-fiction, and his stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and many other literary magazines and anthologies.
Derek Landy
Derek Landy, an author and screenwriter, lives near Dublin. His first book of the series, Skulduggery Pleasant, was published in 2007 and won the 2008 Young Teen Fiction Book Award. And two of his screenplays that have been made into films, Dead Bodies and Boy Eats Girl, have won and been nominated respectively for IFTA awards.
Mandla Langa
After being arrested in 1976, Mandla Langa skipped bail and went into exile. He has lived in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola, where he did MK military training, Zambia, Budapest and London. Langa won the African section of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for his latest novel, The Lost Colours of the Chameleon (2008).
Emily Perkins
Emily Perkins was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Perkins won attention when Picador (UK) published her first collection of stories, Not Her Real Name (1996), while she was living in London. For her latest book, Novel About My Wife, Perkins won the Believer Book of the Year Award (US) and the Montant NZ Book Award.
Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan is an author, journalist and screenwriter. After the publication of his first novel, Underdogs, Ryan left the newspaper to concentrate on his novels although he still contributes frequently to the newspaper as freelance writer. Ryan has published twelve novels under his own name and two, Steel Rain and Copper Kiss, as Tom Neale. Ryan’s latest novel is Death on the Ice.
Alexis Wright
Alexis Wright is an award-winning indigenous Australian author from the Waanji people of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria highlands. In 2006 Wright’s novel, Carpentaria, won several awards including the Miles Franklin Award and the Queensland premier’s Literary Award

Date: Thursday, 11 March 2010
Time: 15:30 - 17:00
Place: East & West Room, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Famously described by W.B. Yeats as “the most handsome man in Britain”, Rupert Brooke, poet, campaigner and aesthete who transfixed admirers of either sex. From an idyllic childhood to a tumultuous breakdown and an untimely death while serving in World War I, Brooke’s life and poetic works have engendered intrigue and admiration. In Jill Dawson’s fictional account of Brooke, The Great Lover, she gives poignant voice to Brooke through a dual narrative that unfolds both in his own words and those of her spirited fictional character. Moderated by RTHK's Sarah Passmore.

Photo credit:
Andrzej Liguz
Date: Saturday, 13 March 2010
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Place: M1NT, 108 Hollywood Road, Central

Linda Jaivin shares her thoughts on the often complex relationship between literature and sex. How has the erotic domain of human experience inspired authors and across the centuries, and how have authors writing about sex prevailed over the mores, prejudices and taboos of their times? Jaivin, whose book Eat Me is a comic-erotic cult classic, talks with Sarah Passmore about sex and literature.

Date: Monday, 15 March 2010
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Place: The Helena May, 35 Garden Rd
In Botswana, meet Precious Ramotswe and friends; in Edinburgh, be introduced to amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie; hear the latest hanes from 44 Scotland Street; and at the Institute of Romance Philology at Regensburg make the acquaintance of Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld. This is the world of Alexander McCall Smith. This literary repast is sure to satisfy your appetite in more ways than one. In conversation with RTHK's Sarah Passmore.
Date: Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Place: The Helena May, 35 Garden Rd

RTHK’s Hugh Chiverton will meet author Hyejin Kim on her book,  Jia: A Novel of North Korea, the first novel about present-day North Korea to be published in English.

Author Hyejin Kim is a South Korean who has worked extensively with North Korean refugees living in China. After witnessing their struggles, Kim’s story, based on interviews, fieldwork and research, was born. Kim reveals a glimpse of a closed-off country, and describes what life is like for North Korean refugees in China.