Anchee Min Offers a Chinese Look at Pearl S. Buck

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka Anchee Min’s new novel Pearl of China re-imagines the life of Nobel Prize-winner Pearl S. Buck (The Good Earth) from a Chinese perspective for what is perhaps the first time. She spoke about the book, which is told from the point of view of a contemporary of Buck, at a recent event at the Asia Society in New York. …

Survey Says: 25% of Chinese Have Read an E-Book

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Global Times of China reports on the results of the 7th National Reading Survey in China which indicated that 25% of those surveyed — some 19,000 people — have read a digital book. The survey conducted by the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), the department of the Chinese government that oversees books and publishing, and …

All Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Copyright holders have the right to price and term the works that they have created, the works that they own. That’s a stake in the ground. I couldn’t do what I do for a living without believing that,” says Tracey Armstrong (pictured right), CEO of the Copyright Clearance Center, in a conversation earlier this week on the …

Is Literature Useful as an Instrument of “Soft Power?”

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story about the Chinese book market, Dr. Luc Kwanten of the Big Apple literary agency says that in recent years China has been promoting the export of its literature — either by supporting translations or participating in book fairs — as an exercise in “soft power.” “Soft power” is itself something of an amorphous …

Has Holden Caulfield Been Supplanted by Lisbeth Salander?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Big Apple literary agency discusses trying to find another J.D. Salinger in Shanghai. “We are particularly interested in young authors whose books handle contemporary problems in society,” says Dr. Luc Kwanten, co-founder of Big Apple. “When it comes to China, we are looking for writers who were born in the post-Mao era, in …

What are the Best Practices for Book Festivals?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story and a blog post from yesterday, we discuss five different book festivals taking place across China and the UAE. In the UAE, some 70 authors will appear in Dubai at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature over just three days; a similar number will appear at the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival over …

Author Liao Yiwu Under House Arrest in China

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Chinese novelist and poet Liao Yiwu expected to participate in the LitCologne festival in Germany, which takes place March 10-20, but he has instead been placed under house arrest. Liao, whose work is banned in China, had already boarded the plane in Chengdu on Monday when he was escorted off by authorities. BuchMarkt reported that although Liao …

U of Hong Kong & Springer in Open Access Agreement

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The University of Hong Kong libraries and Springer have signed an open access agreement that will allow academics who are affiliated with the University to publish their research as open access articles in Springer trade journals. According to the Boersenblatt, the articles will be available in print form through the Springer Open ChoiceTM program following peer reviews …