Folks, not to brag, but I've all but stopped using social media for a month now (by circumstance rather than by choice) and it's been a lovely holiday for the mind. It also means, in case you're wondering why my boasting is relevant, this month's newsletter is a short one. That's right, like many millennials, I source most of my news from the socials, and that includes Chinese-lit related news.
Here's to a more jampacked newsletter next month, when I inevitably fall back into old habits.
In the meantime, direct your attention toward the upcoming Aberdeen Festival of Translation. By upcoming, I mean it starts on Monday 13th June with a workshop led by Nicky Harman. But there is plenty more to come.
Extracts, stories and poems:
- Yan Lianke & Carlos Rojas on "How Contemporary Chinese Literature Made Western Modernism Its Own"
- May Huang on "The Translator's Guilt" and Eric Yip, who recently became the youngest-ever winner of the National Poetry Competition for "Fricatives". Here, poet and translator, Jenny Wong chats with Eric about his win and his poetry
- The results for the Chinese Nebula Awards are out! Congrats to all! (中文)
- Hong Kong author Xi Xi's Mourning a Breast 哀悼乳房, tr. Jennifer Feeley, will be published by NYRB
- Aberdeen (Online) Festival of (Chinese) Translation is back for a second year! With editing, subtitling, mixed media, pitching workshops and more, as well as a wuxia translation slam, roundtable on the business of translation, and Brian Holton on translating Classical Chinese into Scots!
- Watch the HK Arts Development Council Awards, with special congrats to Dorothy Tse Hiu Hung 謝曉虹, Artist of the Year (Literary); So Yuen Shan 蘇苑姍, Young Artist of the Year (Literary)；Xi Xi 西西, Life Achievement Award
Reviews and releases:
- Check out the 14 books translated from Chinese that Book Riot says you have to read
- The Modern Novel reviews Ninth Building by Zou Jingzhi, tr. Jeremy Tiang
- The blurbs for Han Song's Hospital are available to read - "Demented, delirious, and one of a kind…"
- Locus Mag reviews The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, ed. Yu Chen & Regina Kanyu Wang - "both an important and enjoyable anthology, giving a cohort of wildly talented writers a wider audience"
- A review of Cocoon by Zhang Yueran, tr. Jeremy Tiang
- Kyle Muntz reviews The Chilli Bean Paste Clan by Yan Ge, tr. Nicky Harman
- Out now The Empress in the Pepper Chamber by Zhao Feiyan, tr. Olivia Milburn
- China's Kafka? The Chinese Lit Podcast talk Can Xue
- A sneak peek at Writing Historical Fiction, a master class with author Zhang Ling
- "Birdsong and stolen cherries", writer Yang Shen on Lockdown life in Shanghai
- Listen to Michael Berry on Fang Fang's Wuhan diary
- A Spitoon podcast with Chinese Editor-In-Chief, Zuo Fei, on her Chinese poetry blog in China and the growth of interest and collaboration between western and eastern fans of literature and poetry in China
- Stop Pretending All Books Are Written in English, from the NY Times
- Read about translation for streaming platforms