Sixty-Four Chance Pieces: the China Book Tour

I’m currently busy with packing my bags for China, and heading back to Beijing after an unforgivably long period (almost five years!), to take part in the Bookworm Literary Festival / 老书虫文学节 (see I’ve got a pretty busy schedule: something like fourteen events in as many days, in Beijing, Chengdu, Suzhou and Ningbo. It’s taken some organisational ingenuity to get there, but now everything is fixed, and I’m looking forward to being back in China again.

In particular, I’m immensely excited to be launching my novel-of-sorts, Sixty-Four Chance Pieces, published by Earnshaw Books, in Beijing on the 18th March at iQiyi cafe. This has been a project that is a long time in the making, and I’m not only delighted it has found a home with the excellent Earnshaw books, but also tremendously excited that it’s first launch will be over in Beijing.

There’s a full list of events on my events page, or on the Bookworm’s website (other than the Ningbo events, which are being hosted by the University of Nottingham in Ningbo), so if you are in town, then please do come along and say hello.

I’ll update this blog as I go along, to let you know how I get on with the tour. But between now and then, there’s a lot of last-minute organising to be done (not to mention our closer-to-home States of Independence festival for small and independent press publishing).


Anupama Bhattacharya

Firstly, wish you a safe journey and an enriching tour. Though I have never been to China, it has always made me feel curious and fascinated. So, please keep us updated about your tour and about land of the dragons.
You know what ,yesterday I finally found a copy of ” Descent of the Lyre”. And I am enjoying being a part of the lyrical journey.
I’d also like to read your new book Fifty Chance Pieces. But unfortunately, your kind of rare and expensive in India. Nevertheless, I am sure that I’m going to find out ways of getting them.
Take care and have a wonderful trip!

Anupama Bhattacharya

I’m so sorry! !! I made a huge blunder.Instead of Sixty four ChacePieces” , I wrote Fifty Chance Pieces. Btw, why is it 64 and not any other set of digits? ??


Thanks, Anupama. You’re getting my Chance Pieces confused with E. L. James’s Shades of Grey, of which there are, I believe, only fifty… 😉 Anyway, glad that you are enjoying the Descent of the Lyre and thanks for all your good wishes. I’ll keep updated on this blog about how I get on in China.

Charlie W

Looking forward to hearing more about your travels and reading the book eventually!

Kyle Sch

Hi Will!
Have you heard about Pillsbury’s 100 year marathon book – I’ve never been to China and don’t know is it just a false facts for US nation or it really happen. Could you share your thought about it?


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