Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tara Westover the speaker for “Be Your Own Hero: Educated by Tara Westover” (Session Three of the How to be a Hero Meet-the-Authors Sessions) is unable to make the original talk time, 3:00pm-4:00pm on 24 July. The talk will now take place at the earlier time of 11:00am-12:00nn on the same day. For ticketing information, please contact the co-presenter Hong Kong International Literary Festival at (852) 2877 9770, info@festival.org.hk.


This summer, join world-class authors to discuss Asian superheroes and what it means to be a hero in your own life, from ancient legends to the present day.

We team up with Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF) for three meet-the-authors sessions at Xiqu Centre that move beyond Zoom to livestream world-class authors to Hong Kong audiences. Tara Westover discusses the meaning of education and succeeding against the odds, while Monkey King gets a new lease of life with a fresh English translation and a new DC Comics superhero named Monkey Prince. Find out more from fantasy writer Neil Gaiman and translator Julia Lovell, and from comic creators Gene Luen Yang and Bernard Chang. All three sessions will include audience Q&A.

In Session One, Hong Kong welcomes one of the world’s top fantasy writers, Neil Gaiman, to celebrate the new Penguin Classics translation of Journey to the West by esteemed historian and translator Julia Lovell. The two writers will discuss the enduring influence of the classic adventure story, and of one of the world’s most memorable heroes: Monkey King. Hear how Monkey King has influenced fantasy writers through the ages and inspired adaptations across multiple genres, from literature and film to cartoons and pop culture.

In Session Two, bestselling author Gene Luen Yang and illustrator Bernard Chang unveil the latest Asian superhero, Monkey Prince, who appears in the final story of this year’s DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration. In this original story, the new superhero teams up with Shazam to defeat the evil Doctor Sivana and a Chinese deer demon spirit. Learn how Gene and Bernard worked together to create Monkey Prince and what lies ahead for this new hero.

In the last session, we turn to a more personal reflection on heroism as we present a rare opportunity to hear from historian and bestselling author Tara Westover, author of the inspirational memoir Educated, about overcoming adversity and succeeding against the odds. She will speak about the meaning of education in different cultural contexts, and her personal struggle to reconcile her longing for education and autonomy with her desire to be loyal to her family.

Language:
English

Session One – Monkey King: A Hero for the Ages

Date:
11 July 2021 (Sunday)

Time:
3:00pm–4:00pm

Speakers:
Neil Gaiman, Julia Lovell

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Session Two – Introducing a New Asian Superhero: Monkey Prince

Date:
17 July 2021 (Saturday)

Time:
11:00am–12:00nn

Speakers:
Gene Luen Yang, Bernard Chang

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Session Three – Be Your Own Hero: Educated by Tara Westover

Date:
24 July 2021 (Saturday)

Time:
11:00am–12:00nn

This event takes place at the Xiqu Centre and will also be live-streamed on the platform Crowdcast. Participants registering to attend online will receive a streaming link for the session in a separate email after the confirmation email.

Speaker:
Tara Westover

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Venue:
Studio 1, Xiqu Centre

Tickets and Bundles:

Session One – Monkey King: A Hero for the Ages
Standard tickets: $200
Concession tickets: $120 (senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion, CSSA recipients, and full-time students)
Bundles (a standard ticket + a copy Monkey King: Journey to the West): $400

Session Two – Introducing a New Asian Superhero: Monkey Prince
Standard tickets: $200
Concession tickets: $120 (senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion, CSSA recipients, and full-time students)
Bundles (a standard ticket + a copy of American Born Chinese): $350
Bundles (a standard ticket + a copy of DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration): $320
Bundles (a standard ticket + a copy of DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration and American Born Chinese): $450

Session Three –Be Your Own Hero: Educated by Tara Westover
Standard tickets: $250
Concession tickets: $150 (senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion, CSSA recipients, and full-time students)
Bundles (a standard ticket + a copy of Educated): $350
Online streaming tickets: $50 (This event takes place at the Xiqu Centre and will also be live-streamed on the platform Crowdcast. Participants registering to attend online will receive a streaming link for the session in a separate email after the confirmation email.)

*Get $10 off for the online streaming tickets with the discount code obtained at Hong Kong International Literary Festival’s booth at the Hong Kong Book Fair 2021

Ticketing Enquiries:
info@festival.org.hk, (852) 2877 9770

Programme Enquiries:
info@festival.org.hk, (852) 2877 9770

Remarks:
  • In line with the latest government regulations and in the interests of community health, the seating capacity is currently operating at reduced levels which may affect the admission and seating arrangement. Please check back for event announcements and updates.
  • Audiences joining us in person will receive a special welcome gift.
  • Suitable for ages 6 and above.
  • The organiser reserves the right to change the programme content.
  • For the safety of participants, visitors, artists and staff, please note the following health precautions:
    • Please bring your own mask and wear it at all times in the venue.
    • Temperature checks will be carried out before admission. Visitors showing a temperature of 37.5°C or above will not be able to participate.
    • If you have travelled outside of Hong Kong in the past 14 days or are wearing a home quarantine tracking wristband, please wait until your quarantine period is over before visiting West Kowloon.
    • Special Arrangements in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

Co-presented by:Hong Kong International Literary Festival

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