Ivo Hardies’ 11 minute documentary Agen, about a Tibetan traditional Chinese medicine doctor, won Best Woman Filmmaker and Best Short Documentary at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards 2016. It’s a quiet, understated film that pretty much captures exactly why I love Yunnan.
So after the book launch in Dali we went on to do book signings in three more cities, first up was Chongqing. Thank you to the ever lovely Chong Chong (虫虫) and Ninuo Art Centre (尼诺艺术中心) who did the organising and put us in touch with Chongqing Radio. And to Sinba (段新宇) from the British Consulate-General who has not only helped with all kinds of things consular, but also invited Chongqing TV to film the event.
On 24 of June 2017 we held the book launch for my new book A Dali Sketchbook (《大理外传》) at the Cangshan Library, just below the Hilton Hotel.
I really can’t thank everyone enough for how it turned out, way better than anything I’d imagined. Thanks especially though to Luo Yufei (罗宇飞) for finding the venue and general organisation, everyone at Xiao Yuanzi (小院子) for setting up, doing the posters and promotion, especially Pengzi (棚子) and Xiao Shen (小沈) for being the compere. Thanks to Ivo for filming. And everyone at Duku Press, not least Zhang Lixian (张立宪/六哥) for flying specially from Beijing – and of course for taking the book on in the first place.
And most of all CC for making everything happen and being infinitely patient.
My book launch for A Dali Sketchbook, Saturday 24th @Hilton Library. All in Chinese I’m afraid, but on the plus side – free cake!
My book A Dali Sketchbook 《大理外传》 has now been published. It is a journal and travel guide to the prefecture of Dali in Yunnan province, covering everything from food to history, wildlife, plants, local customs – anything I ran into and thought was interesting, basically.
I wrote the book in Chinese, and we’re in the process of finding a publisher for the English version.
This is by far the best review of the book:
But there’s also:
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare and the Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu (汤显祖), I drew the image for this commemorative silk scarf:
This is a food travelogue, the full title is “Travels through Dali with a leg of ham”. Lots of gorgeous photos, and I did a bit: Two maps and chapter title spot illustrations (also on the cover). Book design by the amazing Suo Di, who also did the Shakespeare silk scarf set.
Zhang Mei’s book launch for Travels Through Dali (with illustrations by me) will be at Bakery 88, Dali Old Town, 4-6pm, 18 September.