The embattled Hong Kong International Literary Festival had a resurgence this year, underscoring cross-cultural connections between Asia and the West.
Ten-year-old Chinese bookstore chain The Bookworm, founded by two expats, has become a go-to-destination in Asia, having hosted 3,000 touring authors.
China’s The Bookworm bookstore has launched a lit mag, a new writer’s prize, and will begin publishing English translations of new Chinese novels next year.
Heywood Hill bookstore in London has come up with a novel approach to sell books – it has appointed its first bookseller-at-large in Asia.
Singapore-based Page One’s new bookstore concept in Hong Kong started by looking at what readers loved in books and building from there, says CEO Mark Tan.
Chinese novelist Chan Koonchung says he writes for ‘his Beijing friends’ though they can’t buy his books. Here, he discusses censorship, Tibet and his new work.
Asia is an important growth market for Britain’s second largest publisher, Hachette UK. Sales in the region have grown faster than European markets, says Hachette UK’s Group CEO.
Tokyo’s Discover 21 publishing house, now launching in New York, has published a string of bestsellers at home by asking authors to address real-world issues with originality.
Taiwanese bookstore chain Eslite is aggressively expanding beyond its borders, with new stores in Hong Kong and several planned for mainland China, including one in a hotel.
Malaysia’s Tan Twan Eng won Asia’s most prestigious literary prize for The Garden of Evening Mists. The prize continues to grow and gain publicity for Asian authors.
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