Notable writers to discuss hot topics at Bangkok library’s inaugural Lit Festival

Photo: Neilson Hays Library / FB
Photo: Neilson Hays Library / FB

More than 25 distinguished writers will participate in insightful panel discussions and talks over two days as part of the Neilson Hays Library’s inaugural Literature Festival, which the library is launching to mark its 150th anniversary.

The list of big-name writers to appear at the festival will include American novelist Adam Johnson, whose book The Orphan Master’s Son won 2013’s Pulitzer for fiction, as well as journalist-writer Raghu Karnad and feminist activist-writer P. Sivakami, both from India.

Former political prisoner and writer Ma Thida will talk about her banned books and the state of censorship in Myanmar. Crime writer Qiu Xiaolong will dig into China’s Communist Party politics in the context of his popular fiction series, Inspector Chen.

As for the panel discussions, the program will cover topics such as “do LGBTQ+ writers have an obligation to address sexuality in their work?” and “should sexual orientation or gender influence writing?” These discussions will be led by Darrel J. McLeod, who wrote the queer Native American memoir Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age.

Some Thai writers appearing in the program include SEA Write awardees Veeraporn Nitiprapha, Uthis Haemamool, Duanwad Pimwana, Ngarmpun “Jane” Vejjajiva and Zakariya Amataya.

Panel discussions will be conducted in Thai and English. The schedule of events is available online. Admission is free.

Neilson Hays Library is located on Surawongse Road, a short ride from BTS Chong Nonsi’s exit No. 4. The elegant neo-classical building, now the home of thousands of books, was originally established in 1869 by a group of British and American women known as the Bangkok Ladies’ Library Association.

Literature Festival, Neilson Hays Library
195 Surawong Road, Bangrak, Bangkok
Nov. 16 – Nov. 17
BTS Chong Nonsi

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