China Bestsellers in January: Reading Lists and Romance

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Driven by winter-break extracurricular reading lists, China’s charts see familiar classics in fiction, and humorous historical titles in nonfiction.

In Yuyuan Garden, the lantern festival ahead of the lunar new year near the City God Temple in Shanghai, January 23. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Yanjf

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Classics, Romance, and Women’s Fiction
Everything old was new again, as the saying goes, in China’s bestseller lists in January. Even regular readers of Publishing Perspectives’ Chinese bestseller lists—those who are accustomed to the sedate rate of change in this big market’s reading interests—will be impressed to learn that Luo Guangbin and Yang Yiyan’s Red Crag went to No. 1 (again) in January’s fiction list. Red Crag is a 61-year-old book set in Chongqing during the Chinese Civil War in 1949.

‘Red Crag’

What was behind this, of course, was the impact of educational reading lists driving extracurricular consumption during the winter holiday. As we’ve seen in the past, educational reading patterns regularly sway what might otherwise be normal commercial-content sales trends.

Our colleagues at Beijing OpenBook, however, point to an interesting arrival at No. 3 in the fiction list, the point at which Ying Cheng’s Heliotrope & Zjz–described as a romance–entered the list for the first time. Like many contemporary successes, the book began as an online series, although it wasn’t seen as being especially successful. It then made a surprisingly credible showing in sales in January, helped by a lot of social-media presence on Weibo to overcome even the emphasis on educational reading-list titles.

Rights now have been sold reportedly into film, television, comics, audio treatments, and radio dramas—all expected to keep Heliotrope & Zjz around for some time.

‘Heliotrope & Zjz’

One more newcomer, this one at No. 10, is a work being described to us as young women’s fiction, Heaven Official’s Blessing by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu.

This is a case of manga-to-book, an unusual route for books on the China bestseller lists, as it would be in some Western markets: comics-to-novel. Not unlike the track record of Heliotrope & Zjz in its original online-serial format, Heaven Official’s Blessing was not such a rising star in comics. What seems to be buoying it now, aside from its appeal to a younger women’s demographic, is a “light and funny” story.

And in nonfiction, those ubiquitous series of “30 Minutes in Cartoon” historical books and the “If History Were a Group of Cats” series on various dynastic eras of China’s history continued in January to maintain their respective grips on the charts, with robust sales channels in both digital and physical retail points.

‘Heaven Official’s Blessing’

Beyond that, our associates at OpenBook point out that the winter-vacation reading lists landed their usual impact on the nonfiction register, “mainly classic bestsellers” re-entering the Top 30″ range.

Below, then, are OpenBook’s overall lists from January of bestsellers in fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, followed by its lists of bestselling fiction and nonfiction in China by authors from outside the country.

At the end of our article, as always, you’ll find notes on how the lists are constructed.

A Note About the Coronavirus in China

As many readers of Publishing Perspectives know, tens of millions of Chinese citizens are reported to be under coronavirus spread-mitigation lockdown measures as this story is published in mid-March, parts of the country facing their worst COVID-19 outbreaks in two years.

Lily Kuo reports for the Washington Post, “The surge—and accompanying lockdowns that could severely harm the recovering economy—may force the country to rethink its approach to the virus as much of the world begins to ease pandemic restrictions. Hong Kong’s key Hang Seng index plummeted by 5 percent on Monday over covid worries.” And CNBC’s Eustance Huang saw the Hang Seng drop to its lowest close on Tuesday (March 15) since 2016, another drop of 5.72 percent.

In Shenzhen, more than 17 million people are on stay-at-home orders through Sunday (March 20). At the Wall Street Journal, Sha Hua reports China recording more than 15,000 symptomatic locally transmitted infections in 28 provinces so far in March.

While these numbers may not seem large by comparison to those seen in many Western markets, the count of 5,154 new symptomatic and asymptomatic infections reported on Monday alone, Sha reports, are the highest since early 2020, and are dramatic in the context of China’s “zero-COVID” policies.

In coming months, then, we’ll look to see what effects may be registered in market action from these coronavirus numbers. Our report on OpenBook’s research and observations for China’s 2021 market performance is here.

In a Shanghai metro station, January 7. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Andy Feng

OpenBook’s Fiction Bestsellers, January 2022
 December 2021 Ranking January 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
6 1 9787500601593 2005-08 Red Crag Luo Guangbin, Yang Yiyan China Youth Press
2 2 9787506331746 2005-05 Distant Savior Dou Dou The Writer’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 3 9787559455758 2021-12 Heliotrope & Zjz Ying Cheng Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
1 4 9787536692930 2008-01 The Three-Body Problem Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
9 5 9787020002207 1998-07 Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin People’s Literature Publishing House
3 6 9787536693968 2008-05 The Dark Forest Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
4 7 9787229030933 2010-11 Death’s End Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
Not Ranked 8 9787506394864 2017-09 Sophie’s World (New Edition) Jostein Gaarder The Writer’s Publishing House
8 9 9787530221532 2021-10 To Live (2021 Edition) Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 10 9787521733570 2021-12 Heaven Official’s Blessing (1) Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, STARember CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
Not Ranked 11 9787500680239 2009-01 Pioneering Liu Qing China Youth Press
5 12 9787540487645 2018-06 Moments We Shared Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 13 9787539983295 2015-10 Foundation Isaac Asimov Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
7 14 9787544291170 2017-08 One Hundred Years of Solitude (50th Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Nan Hai Publishing Co.
12 15 9787506368698 2013-06 The World Under the Sky Dou Dou The Writer’s Publishing House
16 16 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yilin Press
23 17 9787530221396 2021-06 Ordinary Word (3 Volumes) (2021 Edition) Lu Yao Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
10 18 9787572602825 2021-08 Always Have, Always Will Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 19 9787544774635 2019-01 How the Steel Was Tempered (New Edition) Nikolai Alexeevich Ostrovsky Yilin Press
Not Ranked 20 9787506344791 2008-12 Street Wizards Feng Jicai The Writer’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 21 9787544775717 2019-06 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (New Edition) Jules Verne Yilin Press
Not Ranked 22 9787553524399 2021-12 Book of Sin (7) Zhi Zhu Shanghai Culture Publishing House
14 23 9787544291163 2017-08 Journey Under the Midnight Sun (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Nan Hai Publishing Co.
17 24 9787530221099 2021-02 Wencheng Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 25 9787530216774 2017-07 Ordinary Word Lu Yao Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
21 26 9787020090006 2012-07 Fortress Besieged Qian Zhongshu People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 27 9787020160457 2020-01 Street Wizards (Full Version) Feng Jicai People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 28 9787533966102 2021-12 Life and Death are Wearing Me Out Mo Yan Zhejiang Literature & Art Press
20 29 9787020008735 1998-07 Journey to the West Wu Cheng’en People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 30 9787020008728 1998-07 Romance of the Three Kingdoms Luo Guanzhong People’s Literature Publishing House

OpenBook’s Nonfiction Bestsellers, January 2022
December 2021 Ranking January 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
1 1 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Tianjin People’s Publishing House
2 2 9787544334792 2011-01 Close to The Buddha Khenpo Sherab Zangpo Rinpoche Hainan Publishing House
3 3 9787557025847 2021-11 If History were a Group of Cats: Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
Not Ranked 4 9787540484880 2018-01 The Gay Genius: The Life and Times of Su Tungpo Lin Yutang Hunan Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 5 9787544771627 2018-03 Fu Lei’s Letters for Home (2018 Edition) (Hardcover) Fu Lei, Fu Min Yilin Press
10 6 9787539999883 2017-03 30 Minutes of Chinese History in Cartoon Chen Lei Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
8 7 9787111495482 2015-04 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi China Machine Press
5 8 9787559313652 2017-09 If History were a Group of Cats: Xia, Shang and Western Zhou Dynasty Fei Zhi Heilongjiang Fine Arts Press
4 9 9787557024413 2021-05 If History were a Group of Cats: Prosperity of the Tang Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
13 10 9787549632725 2020-09 30 Minutes of Chinese History in Cartoon (5) Chen Lei Wenhui Publishing House
17 11 9787544382052 2018-05 30 Minutes of Chinese History in Cartoon (3) Chen Lei Hainan Publishing House
15 12 9787544382045 2018-05 30 Minutes of Chinese History in Cartoon (2) Chen Lei Hainan Publishing House
16 13 9787544387866 2019-09 30 Minutes of Chinese History in Cartoon (4) Chen Lei Hainan Publishing House
7 14 9787559330260 2018-06 If History were a Group of Cats: The Spring-autumn and Warring State Period Fei Zhi Heilongjiang Fine Arts Press
6 15 9787557023041 2020-10 If History were a Group of Cats: Sui and Tang Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
12 16 9787557017477 2019-02 If History were a Group of Cats: Qin, Chu, Western Han and Eastern Han Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
9 17 9787557020149 2019-09 If History were a Group of Cats: Three Kingdoms Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
14 18 9787557020132 2019-09 If History were a Group of Cats: The End of Eastern Han Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
11 19 9787557021856 2020-05 If History were a Group of Cats: Wei, Jin and the Northern and Southern Dynasties Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
18 20 9787544276986 2019-10 Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover Nan Hai Publishing Co.
19 21 9787550268517 2016-07 Positive Discipline Jane Nelsen Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 22 9787544771610 2018-03 Fu Lei’s Letters for Home (2018 Edition) (Paperback) Fu Lei, Fu Min Yilin Press
20 23 9787547739549 2021-05 30 Minutes of World History in Cartoon (2) Chen Lei Beijing daily publishing house
Not Ranked 24 9787010175157 2017-05 Heart of Bodhi Cao Dewang People’s Publishing House
21 25 9787559418111 2018-04 30 Minutes of World History in Cartoon Chen Lei Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 26 9787222204331 2021-11 Details of Law Luo Xiang Yunnan People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 27 9787108009821 1998-07 1587, a Year of No Significance Ray Huang SDX Joint Publishing Company
Not Ranked 28 9787534198793 2021-10 30 Minutes of the Big Bang in Cartoon Chen Lei Zhejiang Science & Technology Press Co.,Ltd
Not Ranked 29 9787559620125 2018-05 Genius on the Left, Lunatic on the Right (Full Version) (New Edition) Gao Ming Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 30 9787201088945 2014-12 No More Than Skins Cai Chongda Tianjin People’s Publishing House

OpenBook’s Children’s Bestsellers, January 2022
December 2021 Ranking January 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
Not Ranked 1 9787558900648 2017-07 Winter of Three Hairs (With Chinese Pinyin) Zhang Leping Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 2 9787544288590 2018-06 Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (2018 Edition) Tetsuko Kuroyanagi Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 3 9787534633362 2005-05 Bronze and Sunflower Cao Wenxuan Jiangsu Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 4 9787534256301 2009-09 Dreaming of Being a Wolf King (2018 Edition) Shen Shixi Zhejiang Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 5 9787532767373 2014-08 Charlotte’s web Elwyn Brooks White Shanghai Translation Publishing House
26 6 9787533299224 2018-10 Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake Tomorrow Publishing House
Not Ranked 7 9787534618727 1998-07 The Straw Hut Cao Wenxuan Jiangsu Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 8 9787513340694 2021-12 The Christmas Pig J.K. Rowling New Star Press Co.Ltd
2 9 9787521726473 2020-12 A Dog Named Money Bodo Schafer CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
3 10 9787536574397 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Clever Little Prodigy Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
4 11 9787536574366 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Stratego Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
8 12 9787536593749 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Game of the Wise Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
9 13 9787536593756 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Password Discovery Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
5 14 9787536574380 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Who’s the Smart Guy? Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
6 15 9787536574373 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: The Great Adventure of the Castle Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
11 16 9787536593442 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: The Magic Lamp Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 17 9787020144587 2018-10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling People’s Literature Publishing House
12 18 9787536593459 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: ‘Have a Meal’ Restaurant Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 19 9787020144532 2018-10 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K.Rowling People’s Literature Publishing House
1 20 9787556855339 2021-08 Treasure Hunting in Heilongjiang Jingding Comic 21st Century Press Group
Not Ranked 21 9787531333227 2008-06 Xili Hulu The Little Pig (Vol.2) Sun You Jun Chunfeng Art & Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 22 9787531332091 2008-05 Xili Hulu The Little Pig (Vol.1) Sun You Jun Chunfeng Art & Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 23 9787533259563 2009-03 Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake Tomorrow Publishing House
17 24 9787536596313 2019-12 Mi Xiaoquan’s Idioms Comic Games Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
21 25 9787536587694 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: I am a Pupil Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 26 9787500794141 2009-11 Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren, Ingrid Vang Nyman China Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 27 9787558900617 2017-07 San Mao Joins the Army (With Chinese Pinyin) Zhang Leping Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House
13 28 9787543464582 2007-05 My Dad Anthony Browne Hebei Education Press
Not Ranked 29 9787531340065 2011-07 Xili Hulu The Little Pig (Vol.1) Sun You Jun Chunfeng Art & Literature Publishing House
27 30 9787536587724 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: Look at This Family Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House

Foreign Author Fiction Bestsellers, January 2022
 December 2021 Ranking January 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Author nationality Chinese Publisher
202112 202201 ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Author nationality Chinese Publisher
9 1 9787506394864 2017-09 Sophie’s World (New Edition) Jostein Gaarder Norway The Writer’s Publishing House
14 2 9787539983295 2015-10 Foundation Isaac Asimov United States of America Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
1 3 9787544291170 2017-08 One Hundred Years of Solitude (50th Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Colombia Nan Hai Publishing Co.
4 4 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee United States of America Yilin Press
Not Ranked 5 9787544774635 2019-01 How the Steel Was Tempered (New Edition) Nikolai Alexeevich Ostrovsky Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Yilin Press
Not Ranked 6 9787544775717 2019-06 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (New Edition) Jules Verne France Yilin Press
3 7 9787544291163 2017-08 Journey Under the Midnight Sun (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 8 9787539983295 2021-09 Foundation (Revised Edition) Isaac Asimov United States of America Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
6 9 9787544298995 2020-09 Miracles of the Namiya General Store (2020 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
16 10 9787208061644 2021-03 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini United States of America Shanghai People’s Publishing House
5 11 9787544285148 2016-10 Malice Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 12 9787544774666 2018-12 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte Britain Yilin Press
7 13 9787532175512 2020-05 13 Steps Kazuaki Takano Japan Shanghai Literature & Art Press
8 14 9787544267618 2014-06 The Devotion of Suspect X Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 15 9787540485337 2018-03 Tsubaki Stationery Store Ito Ogawa Japan Hunan Literature & Art Press
15 16 9787539967363 2016-12 Dune Frank Herbert United States of America Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
2 17 9787536094857 2021-11 First Person Singular Haruki Murakami Japan Flower City Press
17 18 9787201116693 2017-05 My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry Fredrik Backman Sweden Tianjin People’s Publishing House
11 19 9787544297059 2020-03 Love in the Time of Cholera (3 Million Sold Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Colombia Nan Hai Publishing Co.
10 20 9787544291224 2017-08 After School (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.

Foreign Author Nonfiction Bestsellers, January 2022
December 2021 Ranking January 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Author nationality Chinese Publisher
1 1 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Britain Tianjin People’s Publishing House
2 2 9787111495482 2020-03 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi Japan China Machine Press
3 3 9787544276986 2019-10 Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover United States of America Nan Hai Publishing Co.
4 4 9787550268517 2016-07 Positive Discipline Jane Nelsen United States of America Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
6 5 9787540471194 2019-02 Relationship: Bridge to the Soul Christoper Moon Canada Hunan Literature & Art Press
5 6 9787210096528 2017-09 Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Carol S. Dweck United States of America Jiangxi People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 7 9787553522838 2021-06 Maybe You Should Talk to Someone Lori Gottlieb United States of America Shanghai Culture Publishing House
15 8 9787108009821 2014-03 1587, a Year of No Significance Ray Huang United States of America SDX Joint Publishing Company
7 9 9787520711531 2019-11 A Compass to Fulfillment Kazuo Inamori Japan Orient Press
8 10 9787508660752 2017-02 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari Israel CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
9 11 9787540489304 2019-01 Danshari Eiko Yamashita Japan Hunan Literature & Art Press
10 12 9787547734315 2019-09 Life is Worth Living Tsuneko Nakamura, Hiromi Okuda Japan Beijing daily publishing house
18 13 9787301109489 2006-10 A Global History: From Prehistory to the 21st Century (Vol.1) L. S. Stavrianos United States of America Peking University Press
Not Ranked 14 9787301110522 2006-10 A Global History: From Prehistory to the 21st Century (Vol.2) L. S. Stavrianos United States of America Peking University Press
13 15 9787020116133 2017-06 Red Star Over China Edgar Snow United States of America People’s Literature Publishing House
11 16 9787220114045 2019-07 Rich Dad Poor Dad Robert T.Kiyosaki United States of America Sichuan People’s Publishing House
17 17 9787535732309 2001-11 A Brief History of Time Stephen W.Hawking Britain Hunan Science & Technology Press
16 18 9787508095226 2018-09 Nonviolent Communication Marshall B.Rosenberg United States of America Huaxia Publishing House
12 19 9787115536198 2020-05 Heart: Kazuo Inamori’s Philosophy of Life Kazuo Inamori Japan Posts & Telecommunications Publishing House
19 20 9787508684031 2017-12 Principles Ray Dalio United States of America CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd

Notes on the Charts

OpenBook is a privately owned industry-data research firm based in Beijing. It functions somewhat as Nielsen and NDP do from the West, and Nielsen Book Research International has worked with OpenBook in Asian operations. With authoritative data and information resources, OpenBook is able to deliver consulting service to partners who would like to explore the Chinese book market and identify suitable partners.

Jiang Boyan LLC advises authors and right’s holders on global intellectual property and investment opportunities.

As of January 1, 2020, OpenBook monitored more than 10,000 online and offline bookstores.

The online channel includes digital retailers such as large self-operated online stores, platform stores, and small- and medium-sized stores. The offline channels include 4,495 bookstores. Coverage includes most of the state-owned and influential privately owned bookstores in 30 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions. Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet are not included in OpenBook’s system.

In 2019, OpenBook tracked around 71.72 billion RMB in sales (US$10.1 billion).

Retail outlets include:

  • Traditional bookstores
  • Supermarkets
  • Campus bookstores
  • “Professional” stores, said to be small stores with a specific industrial or trade focus
  • Airport stores

In addition, OpenBook is drawing data from online bookstores of three main types:

  • The “Tmall” stores of Alibaba (Tmall is described as a marketplace of companies that create storefronts online to sell products including books)
  • The “JingDong” Stores of JD.com (similar to Tmall as a marketplace of both individual companies and bookstores operated by JD.com)
  • Ten independent online bookselling retailers

China has 500 or more publishers in operation today. Most of them, Jiang Boyan CEO James Bryant clarifies, are government-owned. Private publishers are required to generate ISBNs for their titles from a publishing company that is government-owned—which, in other words, creates a system in which all ISBNs are in one way or another registered through government channels. The government approves each book published in China.


More China bestseller reports from Publishing Perspectives are here.

More from us on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here.

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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