Events

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OCTOBER

Sunday October 22, 10am / WALK: Qiuxiapu ~ Shanghai’s Literary Garden with Shelly Bryant RSVP: literaryshanghai@gmail.com

Saturday October 28, 2pm /  WRITING WORKSHOP: ‘Parents, Place, Prose, Poem’ with  Tim Tomlinson /Li Meeting Room 3, Radisson Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel Shanghai, 78 Xingguo Lu/Hunan Lu 兴国路78号近湖南路 RSVP: literaryshanghai@gmail.com

Saturday October 28, 4pm / BOOK LAUNCH: This is Not Happening to You with Tim Tomlinson /Li Meeting Room 3, Radisson Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel Shanghai, 78 Xingguo Lu/Hunan Lu 兴国路78号近湖南路 RSVP: literaryshanghai@gmail.com

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OCTOBER

Sunday October 22, 10am /  WALK: Qiuxiapu ~ Shanghai’s Literary Garden with Shelly Bryant with Historic Shanghai RSVP: literaryshanghai@gmail.com Meet at 10am, travel to Qiuxiapu by bus / RMB 300

Shelly Bryant, author of the Classical Gardens of Shanghai, will lead an autumn stroll through Qiuxiapu, the classical Chinese garden whose storied past and elegant design rivals the more famous Yuyuan. Shelly will share the history, the literary references throughout the garden that make it Shanghai’s literary garden, and show us how to enter the garden as its designers intended: physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Saturday October 28, 4pm / BOOK LAUNCH: This Is Not Happening to You  with author Tim Tomlinson  /Li Meeting Room 3, Radisson Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel Shanghai, 78 Xingguo Lu/Hunan Lu 兴国路78号近湖南路/RMB 100, includes a drink. RSVP: literaryshanghai@gmail.com 

Tim Tomlinson’s new collection of short stories moves from the playing fields of American suburban elementary schools and the shark cages of a marine lab on Bimini, to Shanghai, Paris, and New Orleans. Sixth grade girls in an anatomy lesson, a struggling actor, unable to shake the haunts of a mysterious poem, a plummeting alcoholic doing battle with a rat, an English poet explains the distinction between ‘wanker’ and ‘tosser’ … and nobody gets where they’re going. Sometimes, they don’t even get where they are. With razor sharp language and pinpoint scene, This Is Not Happening to You is about the kinds of lacerating events that cut deep and leave scars.

Praise for the book:

“If you like your short fiction sweet and prim with nice neat endings that land on the right side of the fuzzy moral line, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. If you prefer your characters a bit unsavory, morally challenged and wildly memorable, you will not be able to put down this kick-ass collection. With zen-like mastery of language, a razor-sharp eye for detail and talent for finding danger and surprise in the familiar, Tomlinson holds his own with the best writers of the genre.” —Bronwen Hruska, author of Accelerated

“These spare,  unsentimental,  and skillful stories draw us in from the start.  Tim Tomlinson obliges us to confront our failures and foibles without flinching, writing with searing honesty and considerable courage about people in trouble of various kinds –and does that not include us all?–Sheila Kohler, author of the novel Dreaming for Freud, the memoir Once We Were Sisters, and eight other books.”

Saturday October 28, 2pm / Writing Workshop: Poetry/Narrative with Tim Tomlinson, founder of the New York Writers Workshop /Li Meeting Room 3, Radisson Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel Shanghai, 78 Xingguo Lu/Hunan Lu 兴国路78号近湖南路 RMB 250, includes a drink. RSVP: literaryshanghai@gmail.com 

The writer’s sensibility is shaped significantly by the experience and influence of parents and place. In this workshop, we’ll look at samples of work (poetry and prose) that draw from these rich sources, and from their examples, we’ll launch a couple of new pieces of our own.

About the Author:

Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He is the author of the chapbook Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, the poetry collection Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, and a collection of short fiction, This Is Not Happening to You. He is a Professor of Writing at New York University’s Global Liberal Studies Program. He’s an avid scuba diver with just under 300 logged dives, and a 200-hr Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor.