International Speakers



Revised photo_Sonny Liew

Sonny Liew is a comics artist, painter and illustrator whose work includes the New York Times bestsellers The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye and The Shadow Hero (with Gene Luen Yang), My Faith in Frankie (Mike Carey) and Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz). He has received Eisner nominations for his art, as well as for spearheading Liquid City, a multi-volume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia.

Other works include Malinky Robot and Wonderland. He lives in Singapore, where he sleeps with the fishes.

List of Selected Works:

Writer, artist



  • Malinky Robot: Collected Stories & Other Bits(2011, Image Comics)

Writer, Artist


  • My Faith in Frankie(2004, DC Vertigo)





bei ling

Bei Ling is a poet and essayist and the founder and editor of Tendency, an exile literary journal founded in late 1993 and published in Chinese until 2000. Bei Ling’s poetry, essays and book reviews have been published in The Guardian, CNN Online, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, FAZ, Spiegel, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New Republic and The Harvard Review. His poetry has been translated from Chinese into English, Japanese, German, French and Spanish, and his collected poetry book: Old Days was published in 2006.

Bei Ling is also the founder of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, an organization of Chinese writers and intellectuals dedicated to the freedom of expression founded in 2001.

Bei Ling has been a research associate at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and was a Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Center for Scholars and Writers (2002-2003). He was a winner of the PEN Center US West 2000 Freedom to Write Award. Since 1995, he has received the Hellman Hammett Award (1995 and 2001), the Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf Fellowship (1998), the German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship (DAAD, 1997) and Brown University’s Critical Writing Program Fellowship (1990-1993). Bei Ling writes: “I am one for whom personal freedom is a precondition for survival”.



stacy whitman.pngStacy Whitman is the founder and publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books that publishes diverse middle grade and young adult fiction. Books she has edited include American Indian Youth Literature YA Award and Top Ten Quick Picks title Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac, and Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, which received a starred review from School Library Journal and has been placed on numerous lists, including the Amelia Bloomer Project, School Library Journal’s Best of 2012 List, and the Lone Star Reading List. In 2013 Stacy founded the New Visions Award, which honors a new unpublished writer of color. The first New Visions Award winner was published in spring 2015,Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetani, which garnered a starred review from Kirkus.

Stacy is a founding member of the CBC Diversity Committee and currently serves as a Publisher Liaison to We Need Diverse Books. She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College. You can find her on Twitter at @stacylwhitman.




Claudia Kaiser was trained as a bookseller, and then proceeded to graduate with an MA degree in Chinese Studies. She lived in China for more than 10 years, as editor for the China Foreign Literature Publishing House, started an agency and then set up the German Book Information Centre by Frankfurt Book Fair in Beijing, and was it’s first director. She moved on to the United Nations Publishing in New York ( in charge of rights) and has been in the senior management of Frankfurt Book Fair since 2003, in different positions: head of international department, General Manager of KITAB ( Abu Dhabi International Book Fair), head of Cape Town Book Fair, just to mention a few. As Vice President Business Development of Frankfurt Book Fair she presently looks into the lessor known South East Asian markets and India.