Concrete Has Launched

On May 31, 2018, TSLR launched Concrete, our special edition of essays and photography about Chinese cities. What a great night, with a great turnout, featuring great live stories curated by Unravel.

Please enjoy a recap video produced by Nicole Chan, wechat id: nicolattes

Concrete is now available in the TSLR Store.

The TSLR Book Club

We at The Shanghai Literary Review love curling up with a book. So it shouldn’t be surprising that we created a book club. TSLR is bringing together Shanghai’s bookworms and casual readers for a journey through Chinese Literature. We have for the past few months gathered to discuss different works, both fiction and nonfiction, that help shed a light on Chinese Culture and literary canon.

“It’s been nice to meet people in the shanghai community who are interested in the history in China and who are literary minded,” Megan Cattel, TSRL’s Book Club organizer says.  “We have members who are Chinese and have spent time in the West, and Westerners who have spent time in China. It’s nice to have a mix of insights and perspectives at the table.”

So far, we have read Good Girl from Chinatown, by Jenevieve Chang; Years of Red Dust, by Qiu Xiaolong; Street of Eternal Happiness, by Rob Schmitz; Night in Shanghai, by Nicole Mones; and China in Ten Words, by Yu Hua. Next, we’ll be reading the new translation of Little Reunions, by Eileen Chang.

Join us at the TSLR book club. You can get all the information about the next discussion by following our WeChat channel: TheShanghaiLiteraryReview, or joining our book club's Meetup page. Come get a coffee with us and talk about some awesome books.

Open Mic Night w TSLR

TSLR will be hosting an open mic this Saturday evening in Shanghai, starting 7:30pm, at My Place Ruin Bar, 1788 Xinzha Lu, 3F. (Enter the Singaporean restaurant, go straight through and up the stairs)

We'll kick off the evening with some fun and generative writing exercises, and then we'll jump into our readings.

Design: Steph Bailey

Design: Steph Bailey

Bring your best poetry, translations, stories, and essays, and sign up to read to a supportive crowd of fellow writers and art lovers. Or just come to listen and relax with new friends. The bar serves drinks and food. We'll have TSLR Issues on sale if you'd like to browse or shop the journal.

Come at 7:30pm to sign up for a reading slot, or email to pre-reserve a slot. Please limit readings to 5 minutes, including introductory remarks. Original work only please.

Currently: Reading Submissions & Planning Events


Thank you to everyone who has submitted to our Summer 2018 Edition! We truly enjoy reading your works and will make decisions by the end of March. We also have several events coming out in the spring in Shanghai, so why not sign up for our mailing list?

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Last week, The Shanghai Literary Review had our American launch party in New York City. The Asian American Writer’s Workshop hosted the event, which consisted of readings from TSLR Issue 2 and a Q&A panel with a few of our editors. Mike Fu, our Translation Editor, led the event.

The audience was treated to readings from Joy Huang Stoffers, Jeremy Tiang, Jianan Qian, Julie Wenglinski, and Nancy Huang. The Q&A between the audience and Translation Editor, Mike Fu; Book Review Editor, Brian Haman; and Editor in Chief/Fiction Editor, Juli Min, delved into the intricacies of publishing a print magazine in a digital world, searching for the spirit of Shanghai in literary works, and the challenge of translating Chinese works while preserving meaning, among other topics. The event is available for viewing on both the TSLR and AAWW Facebook pages, and the full video of the event is below.

TSLR would like to thank the readers for their beautiful contributions and the Asian American Writer’s Workshop for hosting such a successful event.