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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

China Publishing Industry Newsletter: 08/29

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 .

Beijing International Book Fair: The Dutch Do it Right

In its 26 years of existence, the Beijing International Book Fair has struggled to evolve from a trade event – essentially a vegetable market for books – into a true exhibition of culture. This year's Fair, which features the Netherlands as the Guest of Honor and begins August 31st, is likely to be the first Fair that can truly call itself ...

2011 Mao Dun Literature Prize: Recognizing Fine Literature or Rewarding Writer-Officials?

“We are judging literary works, and society is judging us,” said Gao Hongbo ( 高洪波 ), vice-director of the Evaluation Committee for the 8th Mao Dun Literature Prize.

Indeed. And to judge by the reaction among netizens and even among China’s own mainstream media, the committee has been found badly wanting.

Several hot-button issues have dogged the competition throughout August as ...

African Literature: The China Connection

China’s 21-century investment in Africa is massive, multifaceted and a cause for anxiety to leaders in Washington, London, Paris and among the continent’s other former colonial masters, as well as New Delhi. But China is not just busy building airports and railways in Africa, or inking deals to monopolize the exploitation and export of valuable minerals and fossil ...


Foreign Books Translated into Chinese

George W. Bush’s memoir Decision Points has been published in Chinese by Citic Press under the title < 抉择时刻 >. Media buzz was generated by local and international media reports ( Dispute in China ) that a pirated version —including references to Tibet and other taboo subjects likely to be airbrushed out of Citic’s “official” translation—was ...

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