“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

China Publishing Industry Newsletter: June 2012

The China Publishing Industry Newsletter is a monthly mailing on new happenings in the Chinese literary and publishing scenes. It is edited by Eric Abrahamsen .


Shanghai 99 Readers: Building International Ties

The more the Chinese government talks about the internationalization of Chinese literature and publishing, the less seems to actually get done. A summit here, a forum there… meanwhile, private companies and individuals are moving ahead on their own.

Shanghai 99 Readers Culture Co, Ltd, has been at the forefront of the private publishing movement since it was officially recognized by ...


Pathlight Issue 2012-2

Issue 2012-2 of Pathlight magazine is now out! Pathlight is published by People's Literature magazine and Paper Republic, and features short stories and poems by contemporary Chinese authors. The magazine can be purchased in bookstores in China, or downloaded as a free e-book in two formats:

Dangdang's Experimental E-Library Comes Under Attack

Dangdang.com , China's largest e-retailer, announced at the end of June that they would be taking their experimental "Digital Library" offline temporarily. The library was launched in March, providing more than 50,000 e-books and 2,000 periodicals to Chinese universities, libraries and research institutes. Accusations soon began to circulate that copyrighted material was being provided for free on ...

One-Way Street Bookstore: A Thousand New Owners

For all that it's the capital of China and its de-facto cultural center, Beijing seems strangely lacking in venues for literary events. The One Way Street Library ( 单向街图书馆 , actually a bookshop), has been one of Beijing's best literary locations since January 2006, when it operated in a secluded garden near Beijing's Old Summer Palace. At the end ...

New Books

I'll Go With You to Mecca

Jian Zhi is an unusual figure: an investor residing in the United States, he appeared at the top of Forbes China's list of "Chinese Business Elites under 40". Besides being a prolific author of financial and economic commentary ...

Stories from the Middle Generation

It's generally recognized in China's literary circles that the "post-70s" generation, ie writers born during the 1970s or thereabouts, have been unjustly deprived of fame, fortune, and a wide readership. Lacking the eminence of older generations, and the media ...

Night Flights

This second story collection by the deputy editor of Sanlian Life Weekly magazine, long known for his essays and columns, shows him coming into his own as an writer of fiction. Where his earlier collection, If the Soul Should Clap and ...

Winter Pasture

Now in her early thirties, essayist and poet Li Juan is an oddity in the Chinese literary world: born in Xinjiang, she has spent most of her life in the deep mountains, making her living as a herder and small businesswoman. She remains ...

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