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What not to miss at this week's Jululu Indie Book Fest

Workshops, lectures and a pop-up bookstore at this week's inaugural fest

This week brings good news for the city’s book fans, as the first Jululu Indie Book Festival kicks off at trendy Jingan hangout Daliah. Most talks are at the weekend but there are plenty of other things to get involved with during the weekdays. Find out more at their website or at Museum-lulu on WeChat. Here’s our pick of what not to miss during the inaugural litfest.


Stock up on Indie titles

The second floor of Daliah is being turned into the pop-up 'Flash Bookstore', with all the space being given over to reading and exploring indie publications and art books. Open every day between 3pm and 9pm, coffee is also 20 percent off for Jululu ticket holders (entry is 25RMB), so settle down in the aircon with a cuppa, and enjoy perusing publications that are normally harder to find in Shanghai. There will be over 40 books exhibiting and selling during the festival week, so it’s a must-see.

The first issue of The Shanghai Literary Review will also be available, an impressive new litmag that came out this month.


Become a home-grown publisher

Have you always wanted to launch your own magazine or publish your own book? Get tips from the experts this week, including a lecture from Tamar Hela, the previous Publishing Director and Chief Editor for the Print Division at Cosby Media Productions, and an editor and writer for digital education products. Hela has worked with best-selling authors like Mike Clemons and CF Waller. She has edited an impressive 40 books in her career and helped numerous clients become self-published. Her talk is at 7pm on Saturday.

Follow up on your new knowledge by attending the ‘Starting a Magazine from Scratch’ lecture on Sunday at 4pm. Nelson Ng, the Founding Editor of the classy LOST magazine, will share how he rediscovered travel and started the magazine from scratch, discussing the publishing process, gathering content, bilingual design, distribution, and the challenges he faced as a self-publisher.


Join a workshop

There are several workshops running this week, starting with the 'Let It Go Painting' workshop on Thursday evening, a one-hour workshop that promises to use art and dance to help participants meditate and bring out inner creativity. For something a little more tangible, join a fun-sounding cartoon character drawing workshop at 3pm on Saturday, led by web comic artist and advertising strategist Jay Mark Caplan.

And if it’s really just all about the words for you, check out the 'Lettering and Calligraphy' workshop at 3pm on Sunday.

Watch some contemporary theatre

There are a couple of performances on the line-up too, if you'd rather sit back and put your feet up with a beer. On Saturday night, check out the talented C.V.V.T (Chambre Vide Voice-theatre lab) for a poetry-theatre performance from 8pm, a team of actors and musicians, including Yong Zhou from Shanghai rock band Feng Zi Yue Dui.

Bringing the week’s festival to a close is a performance art piece from independent artist Magic Ma, who has held solo exhibitions in the Zhangjiang Modern Museum and Xuhui District Library, as well as being the curator and participate artist of the Life·Death·Transition art exhibiton at Tongji University Museum this April.

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