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Rhianna Pratchett: The Rise of the Tomb Raider

Event 8 Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Rhianna Pratchett’s remarkable career has seen her redefine video game storytelling, rebooting the Tomb Raider series and creating whole new worlds in Mirror’s Edge and Heavenly Sword. She also works to preserve the legacy of her father, Terry Pratchett, and his beloved Discworld books, ensuring that forthcoming adaptations of The Wee Free Men, The Watch and others are faithful to his vision and unique sense of humour. She is currently developing a TV series set in the world of the Arabian Nights.

Join us for this exploration of Rhianna’s writing and filmmaking careers, the challenges of reinventing gaming icon Lara Croft, and the importance of plenty of tea-drinking!

Language: English

Rhianna Pratchett: The Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Kevin Kwan: Crazy Rich Asians

Event 65 Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Kevin Kwan
We’ve all wondered at how the super-rich live, but may not have seen the wild extravagance of it first-hand. Author Kevin Kwan has, and he’s here to reveal all about the world of the luxury-laden Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, from private jets to plastic surgery for pet fish.

The satirical series, which has been dubbed ‘a Chinese Dallas meets Pride and Prejudice’ for its portrayal of the gossip and scheming of a wealthy elite, has entertained readers worldwide and is now on its way to cinemas. This is your chance to get the inside story on those #richpeopleproblems from the author who knows them best!

Language: English

Kevin Kwan: Crazy Rich Asians

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Nnedi Okorafor: Who Fears Death

Event 15 Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Meet the author responsible for ‘the next Game of Thrones’ set in post-apocalyptic Africa. Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death is being adapted for television by HBO and George RR Martin, and follows the journey of Onye – a woman on a quest for vengeance against her sorcerous father.

A winner of the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards as well as the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature, Nnedi’s recent work also includes the Binti trilogy, Lagoon, a story in a new Star Wars anthology and a comic starring pre-Islamic Arab hero Antar the Black Knight.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from one of the rising stars of speculative fiction!

Language: English

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Lion: Screening and Talk with Saroo Brierley

Event 67 Wednesday 7 March, 7.30pm-10pm Novo Cinemas, Dubai Festival City

When Saroo Brierley was just five years old, he got lost after boarding a train without his family and ended up living alone on the streets of Calcutta, far from a hometown he couldn’t name. Years later, living in Australia, he began a search that would change his life.

The book A Long Way Home is the story of that search and his reunion with his birth mother. A bestseller in Australia, the book gained global fame when it was adapted as the BAFTA-winning film Lion, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.

This screening, held in partnership with Dubai International Film Festival, is preceded by a talk by Saroo on the story behind the film and the new book he is currently writing – a ‘prequel’ about his adoptive and birth mothers in Australia and India.

Language: English

Lion: Screening and Talk with Saroo Brierley

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Andy Weir: The Martian and Beyond (Live Video Link)

Event 77 Friday 9 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Andy Weir
Andy Weir shot to fame with The Martian, the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars after a mission gone wrong. Fans adored the humorous and scientifically plausible story, which won Weir the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and was adapted as a hugely successful film starring Matt Damon.

In this live video link session from his home in the US, Weir will reveal all about his Martian adventure and his new novel Artemis, in which smuggler Jazz Bashara gets caught up in a conspiracy in the first city on the moon.

Signed book plates will be available for books purchased at the Festival Bookshop after the session.

Language: English

Andy Weir: The Martian and Beyond (Live Video Link)

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Cheryl Strayed: Wild

Event 96 Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Cheryl Strayed’s life fell apart when she was 22. With nothing to lose, she packed an oversized backpack she called Monster and set off to walk the Pacific Crest Trail – 1000 miles of the American West’s extraordinary wilderness, from deserts to snow-capped mountains.

Her battle with the physical challenges of the trail and the grief that haunted her led her to write the acclaimed memoir Wild, which became the focus of Oprah’s Book Club and was adapted as a feature film starring Reese Witherspoon.

Join Cheryl as she relives that life-changing journey and shares the stories behind her other books, including the inspiring collection of quotes Brave Enough and her novel Torch.

Language: English

Cheryl Strayed: Wild

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Levison Wood: Hitchhiking the Silk Road

Event 137 Saturday 10 March, 2pm-3pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Levison Wood
Bestselling author, explorer and photographer Levison Wood takes us on an epic journey across continents. In his new book Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking the Silk Road, he recounts his shoestring budget journey from England to India and the eccentric (and occasionally dangerous) characters he encountered on the way. And for his next book, he’ll be mounting his most complex expedition yet, travelling around the Arabian Peninsula.

The winner of the 2016 Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book Of The Year Award, Wood is a gripping speaker who has stories of adventures on five continents and whose busy schedule encompasses everything from filmmaking to saving elephants.

Language: English

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