Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival 2017 Will Feature Kate De Goldi, David Solomons, Trenton Lee Stewart, Roshani Chokshi And More

Hong Kong — The Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival (YRF) will be held from March 6 to 17, 2017 and tickets will go on sale on January 20, 2017.

The YRF aims to encourage children to discover the joy of reading and the world of books by facilitating interactions between authors and young readers through workshops and meet-the-author sessions.

Featured writers for 2017:

Sarah Brennan (Hong Kong) is the author of the best-selling Chinese Calendar Tales and the Dirty Story series. Her new story Storm Whale, an evocative picture book illustrated by Jane Tanner, will be released in June 2017.

Roshani Chokshi (USA) is The New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer and Book Smugglers. Her short story, “The Star Maiden”, was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

Matthew Cooper (Hong Kong) has written three children’s books set in Hong Kong: Lost in Hong Kong, Black Rain Day – A Hong Kong Adventure and The Last Gibbon.

Sarah Davis (New Zealand) has illustrated more than 37 books and been shortlisted for 30 major awards in Australia and New Zealand. Her first book as author/illustrator will be released by HarperCollins in 2017.

Kate De Goldi (New Zealand) has been the recipient of the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award and twice winner of New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year. Her novel, The Ten PM Question, won the Corine International Book Prize in 2011. Her most recent novel, From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle, won the Esther Glen Award in 2015.

Martha Keswick (Hong Kong) created the Max and Mei Chinese Zodiac series based on the real-life experience of her eldest son and his Chinese best friend. The series has captured the imagination of children studying Mandarin around the world.

Stephanie Kuehn (USA) is the critically acclaimed author of four young adult novels, including Charm & Strange, which won the ALA’s William C. Morris Award for best debut novel, and Complicit, which was named to YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

AJ Low (Singapore) is a husband-and-wife writing team and creators of Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong, which won the International Schools Libraries Network’s Red Dot Award 2013-2014 in the Younger Readers’ Category.

Oliver Phommavanh (Australia) has appeared on stage, and on national TV and radio as a comedian. Oliver’s books include Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd, Punchlines, Thai-no-mite and Stuff Happens:Ethan. His latest book is The Other Christy.

Blair Reeve (Hong Kong) published his first children’s book Hogart The Hedgehog Turns Nink in 2015. In September 2016, he published his second book for young readers, Greta von Gerbil & Her Really Large Lexicon.

Jordan Rivet (Hong Kong) is an author of young adult fantasy and science fiction. Her books include the swashbuckling Steel and Fire fantasy series and the Seabound Chronicles, a post-apocalyptic adventure at sea.

David Solomons (UK) is a British author. His first novel for children, My Brother is a Superhero, won the Waterstones Children’s Prize 2016 and the British Book Industry Award’s Children’s Book of the Year 2016. My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord is the second book in the series.

Trenton Lee Stewart (USA) is author of the novel Flood Summer and the award-winning, The New York Times best-selling The Mysterious Benedict Society series. The Mysterious Benedict Society was included on Time’s list of the 100 greatest young adult novels of all time.

Renée Watson (USA) writes for children and teens. Her books include young adult novels, Piecing Me Together and This Side of Home, which was nominated for the Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association.

Taeen Yoo (Korea) is an illustrator. Her first picture book, The Little Red Fish, was awarded the Society of Illustrators’ 2007 Founders Award. She has received The New York Times Best Illustrated Book award twice with Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee and Here Is the Baby by Polly Kanevsky.

Salina Yoon (USA) is the author and illustrator of over 160 books for children. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2015 SCIBA Award and the 2015 Nottingham Children’s Book Award for Found, the 2014 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award and the Lori Bresnahan Award for Penguin and Pinecone.

Virginie Zurcher (Hong Kong) grew up in France and moved to Hong Kong in 2007 after a three-year stop in the Netherlands. She is a full-time mum of two children. The Star of the Zoo is her first book.

Schools can apply to host talks and workshops on their own premises, and a subsidy scheme is available. Public events will be held at Comix Home Base (7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai) on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March. All events are bookable on a first-come, first-served basis through our website.

The YRF is organised by the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Ltd. YRF was spun off the Hong Kong International Literary Festival in 2012 to cater more directly to the wants and needs of school-age readers aged 4 to 17.

The YRF is funded through sponsorships from corporations, consulates, and grants, through ticketing income, and through the generosity of our donors. HKILF is a registered charity in Hong Kong.

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Please email Phillipa Milne at [email protected] with questions. Thank you!