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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

China Publishing Industry Newsletter: 10/03

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 .

Features

Stepping Stones

English-language books in East Asia – whether translations or original works – have often seem to have one of two fates: either to be blessed by a trade publisher and enter into the global limelight, or to languish in the local market. That situation is slowly improving, whether through local incarnations of multinational publishings like Penguin East Asia, or dedicated publishers of ...

Betting on Quality

The woes of would-be digital publishers in China are many: a lack of unified distribution platforms; a readership willing to sacrifice quality and reading comfort for fractionally lower costs; the perils of piracy; the question of collecting payment in a country where hardly anyone owns a credit card.

Lawrence Li is tossing received wisdom out the window with his new ...

News

Newsbriefs

The Xiron Publishing Company , an independent publisher best known for hot-selling popular non-fiction books and their formidable online marketing clout, has begun a new imprint, "Iron Gourd" ( 铁葫芦 ), to produce literary fiction. Though the imprint has yet to announce it's first book, it is already attracting attention, mostly for its staff. The imprint is headed up by Wang Xiaoshan ...

New Books

Southern Spring

The long-awaited final volume of Ge Fei 's "Utopia" trilogy, Southern Spring completes the author's ambitious portrait of China's society and its passage through the torturous historical changes of the past half-century. Taking place in the span of one year, the ...

Love and Beijing

This new novel from Beijing author Shi Yifeng is at once the story of a love affair between the Beijing-born Zhao Xiaoti and the migrant girl Yao Jie, and a paen to the Chinese capital itself. A vivid portrait of the lives of 30-something ...

Sound Symphony

The "Post-1980s" generation of writers gains increasing respect from China's literary establishment with this latest novel by Yan Ge, one of China's most promising young female writers. Set in the fictional city of Yong'an, it tells the story of Liu Rongrong ...

Fourteen Homes

Photographer Chen Qinggang, winner of the World Press Photo "Spot News" prize in 2009, spent ten years compiling this volume of paired reportage and photography. In it he records fourteen peasant homes in four provinces of Western China, matching his ghostly imagery with accounts ...

Seven Days of Talk

This difficult-to-categorize book purports to be the record of seven days of conversations with various characters, each with their own story to tell. The fable-like tales are actually wide-ranging explorations of contemporary Chinese society, and the ability of the individual to ...

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