Reading Series

The Expats: Brittani Sonnenberg & Chris Pavone

Exhibition - Reading Series

Hong Kong International Literary Festival
  • Sat 01-11-2014 3:00 PM - 1 h 30 m

The Jockey Club Studio Theatre

$250; $125(S)

In English


Where is home? What happens to family when it fragments and members move abroad? What defines an expat?

Bestselling writer Chris Pavone, author of The Expats, and debut novelist Brittani Sonnenberg, author of Home Leave, will cover these questions and more in a conversation about the life and stories of expatriates. They will discuss their own experiences as well as how their very different novels provide fresh perspectives on living abroad. Moderated by David Nunan.


Authors’ Bios:

Chris Pavone is author of the internationally best-selling thrillers The Accident and The Expats,  which won both the Edgar and Anthony awards for best first novel. Chris grew up in Brooklyn, New York; graduated from Cornell; and was a book editor for nearly two decades before following his wife’s career to Luxembourg, where he started writing The Expats. He has appeared on television such as Face the Nation and Good Day New York, and radio such as All Things Considered and the BBC, and has been profiled in outlets such as The New York Times. Chris lives in New York City with his wife and children.


Brittani Sonnenberg is the author of the novel Home Leave, published by Grand Central in the US, Arche Verlag in Germany, and AST in Russia. Sonnenberg has an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in Berlin, where she is a frequent contributor to Berlin Stories on NPR. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the MFA program of the University of Hong Kong. Her award-winning fiction has been widely published in magazines such as Ploughshares, anthologized in the O’Henry Short Story Prize Series, and received distinguished story recognition by Best American Short Stories. Her non-fiction has been published by Time Magazinethe Associated Press, NPR, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and elsewhere. She studied English literature with a citation in Mandarin Chinese at Harvard University. She was a European Journalism Fellow at Berlin’s Freie Universität from 2009-2010 and served as the editor of the American Academy’s Berlin Journal from 2011-2013.


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