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Impressive lineup at literary festival

The annual foreign book lovers' feast, the Shanghai Literary Festival, will be a smorgasbord of heavy hitters of the published word next year.

An "almost confirmed" list of 47 author guests was released on Friday for the 2010 festival from March 5-21 hosted at Shanghai dining and entertainment venue M On The Bund.

The lineup includes Frank Moorhouse, Su Tong, Peter Hessler, Linda Jaivin, Les Murray, Morris Gleitzman and Ramachandra Guha.

The start of the festival can be traced back to Moorhouse when in 2002 he ruminated on the martini in literature in the newly opened Glamour Bar, thus starting the literary tradition which has been hosted, supported and sustained by M's owner Michelle Garnault.

Nanjing-based writer Su Tong, regarded as one of the pioneering novelists in China, won this year's Man Asian Literary prize for his latest novel "The Boat to Redemption."

Only the second Chinese writer to win the award, Su is known for his book "Wives and Concubines" which was adapted for the movie "Raise the Red Lantern."

American Peter Hessler is returning to the festival with a new book, "Driving Lessons," to be published in 2010. He is the best-selling author of "River Town" and "Oracle Bones," books based on his experiences living and teaching in China.

Ramachandra Guha is the celebrated author of "India After Gandhi" and is regarded as one of the world's top 100 intellectuals.

Organizers say more information on the program will be released in January when ticket sales will start. Updates can be found on the Website


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