A brief roundup of writers festivals in the Asia-Pacific region, July 2017 to August 2018 (last updated 14 Oct). Criteria for inclusion: the proceedings must be mainly in English and the locale in the Asia-Pacific region – this includes the west coasts of the Americas, and the north and east coasts of Australia. Does not include comic, anime, zine or poetry festivals, nor book fairs.
Litquake, various dates, San Francisco, USA: a bunch of year-round events with an ‘epicenter’ happening 6-14 October. Focuses mainly on Bayside authors. Check out their calendar at www.litquake.org.
JULY 2017: Apparently book-lovers hibernate in during this month.
Byron Bay Writers Festival, 4-6 Aug, east coast of Australia. www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au
Corrugated Lines: A Festival of Words, 11-13 Aug, Broome, north-west coast of Australia. http://www.facebook.com/CorrugatedLines
Sunshine Coast Readers & Writers Festival, 12-13 Aug, Coolum Beach, east coast of Australia. Watch http://www.sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com
Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, 24-27 Aug, Thimphu, Bhutan. Watch http://www.mountainechoes.org
Brisbane Writers Festival, 6-10 Sept, Queensland, east coast of Australia. Program out now. Watch uplit.com.au/festival/brisbane-writers-festival-2017
Kimberley Writers Festival, 8-10 Sept, Kununurra, far north of Western Australia. Watch http://www.proximitywa.org/festivals/kununurra/
John Steinbeck at Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival, 22-24 Sept, Carmel, California. Watch http://www.carmelauthors.com/
National Young Writers’ Festival, 28 Sep – 1 Oct, Newcastle, east coast of Australia. “Young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms.” Program out now. Watch http://youngwritersfestival.org.
Litquake Festival, 6-14 Oct, San Francisco, USA. Focuses mainly on Bayside authors. Tickets available now; program out soon. Check out www.litquake.org
Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, 16-22 Oct, Canada. “110+ authors, 95+ events”. Program out now. Hard to tell how international the line-up is. Watch http://www.writersfest.bc.ca
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, 25-29 Oct, Bali, Indonesia. Theme: Origins. Line-up includes Indonesian authors Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Nh. Dini and Leila S. Chudori, award-winning novelist Madeleine Thien, crime writer Ian Rankin, ‘Wild Swans’ author Jung Chang, Simon Winchester, author of ‘Krakatua’, and South Korean wild child Han Yujoo, among many more. Program out now. Watch www.ubudwritersfestival.com
Bangalore Literature Festival, 28-29 October, Bengaluru, India. “Largest independent and community-funded literary conclave.” Usually includes performances by Indian musicians. Watch http://bangaloreliteraturefestival.org
Irrawaddy Literary Festival, 3-5 Nov, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). The convenors are “building a rich and varied program”. Line-up includes Alice Pung, Jung Chang, Madeleine Thien, Michael Vatikiotis. Watch www.irrawaddylitfest.com
Singapore Writers Festival, 3-12 Nov. Huge line-up of writers, mainly Singaporean but peppered with people from all over. Program out now. Watch www.singaporewritersfestival.com
Hong Kong International Literary Festival, 3-12 Nov. Line-up includes Amy Tan, Jung Chang, Ken Liu, Madeleine Thien, Hiromi Kawakami and Ian Rankin. Program out now. Watch http://www.festival.org.hk/
Wollongong Writers Festival, 24-26 Nov, east coast of Australia. Program out now. Line-up includes Philippines author Merlinda Bobis and Tim Cope, author of ‘On the Trail of Genghis Khan’. Watch www.wollongongwritersfestival.com
Asia Pacific Writers & Translators’ Conference, ??? Nov, China. No details yet – their site is still stuck on 2016. Watch LEAP+.
George Town Literary Festival, 24-26 Nov, Penang, Malaysia. Theme: “Monsters and (Im)mortals”. Program ‘under construction’. Watch http://www.georgetownlitfest.com/index.php
DECEMBER 2017: nuthin.
Jaipur Literature Festival, Diggi Palace, Rajasthani, India. “The largest free festival on earth.” No details yet. Watch http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org
There are many other writers festivals throughout South Asia – see http://www.sangamhouse.org/literature-festivals-in-south-asia
San Francisco Writers Conference, Mark Hopkins Hotel, USA. No details yet. Watch http://sfwriters.org
Lahore Literary Festival, Pakistan, dates unconfirmed. “Explores the interface between literature and the arts.” Watch http://www.lahorelitfest.com/about-llf
Readers and Writers Down Under, Gold Coast, Australia. No details yet. Follow http://www.facebook.com/ReadersandWritersDownUnder
Shanghai International Literary Festival, China. No details yet. Watch Shanghai International Literary Festival
The Bookworm Literary Festival, Beijing, China. Maybe in March, maybe not at all. The organisers are rethinking its future. Watch http://bookwormfestival.com
Newcastle Writers Festival, east coast of Australia. No details yet. Watch www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au
Sydney Writers Festival, 30 April – 6 May, east coast of Australia. Watch http://www.swf.org.au
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 22-23 April, USC campus. Program out now. Watch http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/festival-schedule
ASEAN Literary Festival, somewhere in Southeast Asia. Hosting is rotated round member states, but no details yet of when & where for 2018. Watch http://www.aseanliteraryfestival.com
Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, New Zealand. No details yet. Watch http://writersfestival.co.nz
‘Wordstorm’, NT Writers Festival, Darwin, north coast of Australia. No details yet. Watch
JUNE / JULY 2018: Hibernation time again.
Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, northeast coast of Australia. Dates unconfirmed. Watch http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestiva.com