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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

China Publishing News: 03/20

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


New Magazine: Chutzpah

Chutzpah magazine, one of a handful of literary magazines coming out early this year, is the work of art critic, curator and general renaissance-man Ou Ning , currently head of the Shao Foundation in Beijing. Chutzpah (天南, or Tiannan , in Chinese) will be a bimonthly Chinese-language publication featuring original reportage and fiction, as well as translated articles from abroad, and an insert carrying English-language translations of selections from the magazine. Part of the Modern Media empire, Chutzpah will begin publication March 27.

Upcoming Events

London Book Fair (Apr 11-13)

Over 150 seminars are scheduled. Click here for the full list.

Doubtless of great interest to many of our subscribers will be China Market Forum 2011: Innovative Partnerships and Digital Opportunities . This half-day event will explore the potential for innovation and distribution in the e-book markets of the UK and China.

Industry News

Online Bookstore Withdraws Advertising from Chinese Search Engine over Copyright Tussle

Dangdang.com , one of China's largest online bookstores, has announced that it would be withdrawing all advertising from Baidu , China's most promininent search engine, because of perceived copyright infringements. This announcement comes on the heels of widespread condemnation from China's literary and music worlds of Baidu's listing of pirated materials in its search results.

Chinese Novelist Critiques Censorship

Writer Murong Xuecun (慕容雪村) was awarded the 2010 People’s Literature Prize for The Missing Ingredient (中国少了一味药), a reportage describing how he went undercover to bust a pyramid sales scheme in Jiangxi. Ironically, at the award ceremony late last year he was barred from delivering his acceptance speech, and it was only recently that he had the opportunity to read it in public at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong.

Gold Mountain Blues Author Zhang Ling Accused of Plagiarism

At first it was just a topic floating around in the Chinese blogosphere. But when Shanghai’s Xinmin Weekly magazine ran a six-page feature ( 中文链接 ) detailing accusations that author Zhang Ling (张翎) had plagiarized the works of several Canadian-Chinese authors in her best-seller Gold Mountain Blues (金山), the English-language media in the West took notice.

Online Bookstore Factoids

Online book sales totaled US$761 million (5 billion yuan at US$1:6.57yuan) in 2010, or about 14 percent of annual book sales revenue in China, according to market research by Openbook .

Annie Baobei to Launch Mook in March

Popular novelist Annie Baobei (安妮宝贝) is teaming up with four others including literary translator Hu Lang (胡朗) to launch a Chinese-language “magazine book” entitled O-pen this month. Chinanews.com quotes editorial committee member Zhi An (止庵) as saying the first print-run will total “one million copies.” It will be published by Thinkingdom House (新经典文化).

Awards/competitions: Keeping cyberlit in its place, flash fiction kudos and megabucks for genre literature

Despite the fact that millions of young Chinese are reading fiction online—and occasionally even paying a small fee to do so on one of Shanda’s sites— cyberlit continues to lack the legitimacy afforded “serious” literature printed and sold in bookstores.

UK Editor's Delegation

February 22nd's China-UK Literature in Translation Forum ( China Daily report ) was the first step in an eight-day tour by seven UK editors of Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai, where they met with Chinese editors and authors, as well as other figures of China's literary scene.

New Books

Curse of Forbes Vol 2

Although Wang Gang insists his 750,000 word, two-tome work is a work of fiction, there are many who believe that the protagonist Feng Shi is loosely modeled upon China’s fabulously wealthy real estate magnates Feng Lun and Pan Shiyi. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for a novel that documents one man’s climb to the top in a shadowy world where developers rake in megabucks, working-class people can’t afford their housing, and millionaires like Feng Shi eventually jettison their morals in exchange for “success.”


A contemporary of writers Liu Suola and Wang Shuo, Zhang Xinxin is perhaps best known in the West for the book she co-authored with Sang Ye, Chinese Lives (北京人). This fascinating oral history that recalls Studs Terkel’s work was published during the 1980s in English, French, German, Spanish, Danish and Japanese.

Hidden Blade: A Biography of Liu Yonghao

Now-famous billionaire Liu Yonghao and his three brothers started out modestly, breeding quails and chickens in the early 1980s. Just 12 years later as the owner of New Hope, an animal-feed firm in Sichuan, Liu found himself on the Forbes list of the richest people in China. Today, he is a member of the prestigious Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Featured Synopsis Legend of Mongolia

Legend of Mongolia is a fictionalized biography of Genghis Khan , the leader who united the fiercely independent tribes known today as the Mongols, thanks to his iron resolve, military savvy, shrewd alliances, and willingness to shed blood.

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