China Bestsellers in July: Classroom Classics Go Big

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That reading list your teacher sent you home with can do great things for sales of several ‘great classics’ in a hot July in China.

A July evening in Sanya on Hainan Island, a popular tourist resort, the southernmost point in China. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Tatiana Dyuvbanova

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

Summer Reading’s Fab Four
July in China, as in so many places, involves vacationing, and as this year’s students turned to their summer reading lists, a quartet of books that our associates at Beijing OpenBook are calling “the four great classics of Chinese literature” reasserted their supremacy.

‘Dream of the Red Chamber’

Interestingly, this is an annual trend that does not float all “classic” boats. These titles became the only four Chinese classical literature books among the Top 30 sellers in fiction:

  • Dream of the Red Chamber rose six places to enter the Top 10 at No. 9 on OpenBook’s overall fiction chart
  • Water Margin rose by 17 places and ranked No. 12
  • Journey to the West made a comeback on the chart at No. 17
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms also returned, docking itself at No. 21

We’ve learned this time from our colleagues at OpenBook that these four books were first called “the four great classics” in 1982.

‘Water Margin’

“They’re the pinnacles of Chinese classical literature,” we’re told by Wendy Pan, “and they contain a broad and profound history and culture” and are easily reflective of readers’ life experiences.

These four titles have had influence on several generations of educational curricula. The character Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King from Journey to the West, is recognized across the culture for fiery eyes and great powers. Zhuge Liang, an outstanding master from Romance of the Three Kingdoms, has a prominent role in plotting strategy for his emperor, Cao Cao. Wu Song from Water Margin dares to act and repays kindness.

These are vivid characters with distinct personalities, and they’ve become personalities many children admire and may dream of becoming.

‘Journey to the West’

In a trend we know well in the West, these books also are benefitting on contemporary lists from adaptations for film and television. Those adaptations are broadcast on various local television stations every summer in China, re-boosting their presence and visibility as kids turn to them to read as classwork.

The OpenBook team says they see readers now looking forward to forming a “composite perception” of these stories “in images and text.”

And beyond that set of bestselling fixtures, we want to draw your attention this time to another title, Heliotrope & Zjz in its second volume.

‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’

Unlike those “classics,” this one is making its debut on the charts, arriving at No. 16, impressive for a newcomer.

In the past, we’ve talked about the formidable place of “online literature,” which is the phrase used in Asian markets for serialized storytelling, often followed by many millions of readers. In fact, in case you missed it, our September 7 piece, an exclusive in which we relayed several sources’ information on a forthcoming serialization app for publishers’ backlist, is something being put together by people with strong connections to that Asian tradition and marketplace.

Heliotrope & Zjz is the only book created from a successful online serialization in July’s fiction chart. And—another familiar trend—it’s a campus story, hugely popular among young adult readers.

‘Heliotrope & Zjz’

The platform that catapulted this one to such cross-format popularity is Jinjiang Literature, and author, Ying Cheng, is on contract to that company. That’s a long way of saying there may be more volumes in this so-far two-book series, of course. The story? It’s a romance between a “handsome and affectionate” pilot, we’re told, and a “gentle and firm” surgeon. The style of writing is being described to us as “delicate and warm–a book deeply loved and sought after by many” who are reading on the Internet.

In its online incarnation, the book has logged more than 680,000 fans on a single platform.  The first chapter alone carries more than 1.93 million comments. That’s the kind of number that gladdens a publisher’s eye, of course, because much of that ready audience can be drawn to a print edition of the book.

The first volume of Heliotrope & Zjz has entered the Top 30 five times (and that’s why the title seems familiar, if you’re a regular reader of our China Bestsellers).

Below, then, are OpenBook’s overall lists from July 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.

OpenBook’s Fiction Bestsellers, July 2022
June 2022 Ranking July 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
2 1 9787020139590 2019-06 The Last Quarter of the Moon Chi Zijian People’s Literature Publishing House
1 2 9787530221532 2021-10 To Live (2021 Edition) Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
3 3 9787536692930 2008-01 The Three-Body Problem Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
6 4 9787530221396 2021-06 Ordinary Word (3 Volumes) (2021 Edition) Lu Yao Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
11 5 9787500601593 2005-08 Red Crag Luo Guangbin, Yang Yiyan China Youth Press
4 6 9787536693968 2008-05 The Dark Forest Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
5 7 9787229030933 2010-11 Death’s End Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
8 8 9787544291170 2017-08 One Hundred Years of Solitude (50th Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Nan Hai Publishing Co.
15 9 9787020002207 1998-07 Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin People’s Literature Publishing House
7 10 9787506331746 2005-05 Distant Savior Dou Dou The Writer’s Publishing House
10 11 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yilin Press
29 12 9787020008742 1998-07 Water Margin Shi Nai’an, Luo Guanzhong People’s Literature Publishing House
12 13 9787530219218 2019-02 A Wavy Life Mai Jia Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
14 14 9787540487645 2018-06 Moments We Shared Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 15 9787533947354 2017-03 The Old Man and The Sea Ernest Hemingway Zhejiang Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 16 9787559465962 2022-05 Heliotrope & Zjz(Vol.2) Ying Cheng Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 17 9787020008735 1998-07 Journey to the West Wu Cheng’en People’s Literature Publishing House
18 18 9787020090006 2012-07 Fortress Besieged Qian Zhongshu People’s Literature Publishing House
19 19 9787530221099 2021-02 Wencheng Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
16 20 9787506368698 2013-06 The World Under the Sky Dou Dou The Writer’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 21 9787020008728 1998-07 Romance of the Three Kingdoms Luo Guanzhong People’s Literature Publishing House
9 22 9787533966102 2021-12 Life and Death are Wearing Me Out Mo Yan Zhejiang Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 23 9787506394864 2017-09 Sophie’s World (New Edition) Jostein Gaarder The Writer’s Publishing House
21 24 9787208061644 2006-04 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Shanghai People’s Publishing House
20 25 9787572602825 2021-08 Always Have, Always Will Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
23 26 9787506344791 2008-12 Street Wizards Feng Jicai The Writer’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 27 9787533963354 2022-02 Memories of Jiang Nan Wang Xufeng Zhejiang Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 28 9787229100605 2015-10 The Three Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
13 29 9787544298995 2020-09 Miracles of the Namiya General Store (2020 Edition) Keigo Higashino Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 30 9787506394314 2017-04 White Deer Plain Chen Zhongshi The Writer’s Publishing House

OpenBook’s Nonfiction Bestsellers, July 2022
June 2022 Ranking July 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
11 1 9787559659385 2022-04 Minimalist Learning Liao Heng Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
8 2 9787511320506 2012-08 Su Shu Huang Shigong, Ding Minxiang China Overseas Chinese Press
7 3 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Tianjin People’s Publishing House
9 4 9787561346259 2009-05 Yi Ching is Really to Understand Zeng Shiqiang Shaanxi Normal University Press
14 5 9787530848890 2010-01 Understand the Ways of the World Day by Day Zhang Yan Tianjin Science & Technology Press
Not Ranked 6 9787020116133 2016-06 Red Star Over China Edgar Snow People’s Literature Publishing House
13 7 9787557027063 2022-04 If History were a Group of Cats: Song, Liao, Jin Dynasty and the Western Xia Regime Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
10 8 9787111495482 2015-04 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi China Machine Press
6 9 9787222204331 2021-11 Details of Law Luo Xiang Yunnan People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 10 9787508653389 2015-07 The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II Iris Chang CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
12 11 9787540484880 2018-01 The Gay Genius: The Life and Times of Su Tungpo Lin Yutang Hunan Literature & Art Press
5 12 9787513349116 2022-05 A Lifelong Journey Yu Minhong New Star Press Co.Ltd
22 13 9787544276986 2019-10 Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 14 9787559662132 2022-06 Succeed by Others’ Strength Jin Qiang Da Shu Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
17 15 9787557025847 2021-11 If History were a Group of Cats: Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
Not Ranked 16 9787520802130 2018-05 Do Their Own Psychological Doctor Mo Yu China Business Publishing House
18 17 9787521603774 2019-08 The Faith as Premise of Freedom Luo Xiang China Legal Publishing House
20 18 9787559313652 2017-09 If History were a Group of Cats: Xia, Shang and Western Zhou Dynasty Fei Zhi Heilongjiang Fine Arts Press
3 19 9787570214488 2020-03 The Beautiful Song Poems in English and Chinese Wu Yuyang Changjiang Literature & Art Press Co.,Ltd.
2 20 9787570214471 2020-03 The Beautiful Tang Poems in English and Chinese Lu Su Changjiang Literature & Art Press Co.,Ltd.
4 21 9787570214495 2020-03 The Beautiful Book of Songs in English and Chinese Yan Hong Changjiang Literature & Art Press Co.,Ltd.
Not Ranked 22 9787010246758 2022-06 Xi Jinping’s footsteps (5 volumes) Editing Group of This Book People’s Publishing House
23 23 9787559330260 2018-06 If History were a Group of Cats: The Spring-autumn and Warring State Period Fei Zhi Heilongjiang Fine Arts Press
1 24 9787111551287 2016-10 Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool China Machine Press
21 25 9787557024413 2021-05 If History were a Group of Cats: Prosperity of the Tang Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
25 26 9787208171336 2021-08 In the Affair: Chinese Government and Economic Development Lan Xiaohuan Shanghai People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 27 9787508680965 2017-12 Predictably Irrational (Revised Edition) Dan Ariely CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
Not Ranked 28 9787555262688 2021-04 Danshari He Quanfeng Qingdao Publishing House
26 29 9787557017477 2019-02 If History were a Group of Cats: Qin, Chu, Western Han and Eastern Han Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
28 30 9787557020149 2019-09 If History were a Group of Cats: Three Kingdoms Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House

OpenBook’s Children’s Bestsellers, July 2022
June 2022 Ranking July 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
1 1 9787110103074 2022-02 Science Comics Loved by Pupils (4 volumes) Sunbook Popular Science Press
Not Ranked 2 9787516528495 2022-04 Comic Math Loved by Children (6 volumes) Yakov Perelman, QINGLAN TUSHU Aeronautics Industry Press
4 3 9787570711888 2021-12 Ultraman Series Photo Book for 55th Anniversary Tsuburaya Productions Anhui Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
3 4 9787513936668 2021-11 First Introduction to Law for Children Cao Zhaopeng Democracy and Construction Press
13 5 9787547261682 2019-07 Children, Read for Yourself Yu Li Jilin Literature & History Press
Not Ranked 6 9787544288590 2018-06 Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (2018 Edition) Tetsuko Kuroyanagi Nan Hai Publishing Co.
19 7 9787568290685 2020-11 The Classic of Mountains and Rivers for Kids Xu Pingping Beijing Institute of Technology Press
17 8 9787536574366 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Stratego Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
20 9 9787536574397 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Clever Little Prodigy Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
23 10 9787536574380 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Who’s the Smart Guy? Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
22 11 9787536574373 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: The Great Adventure of the Castle Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
5 12 9787556864454 2022-04 Treasure Hunting in Inner Mongolia Jingding Comic 21st Century Press Group
Not Ranked 13 9787536593749 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Game of the Wise Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
14 14 9787532767373 2014-08 Charlotte’s Web Elwyn Brooks White Shanghai Translation Publishing House
Not Ranked 15 9787533299224 2018-10 Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake Tomorrow Publishing House
Not Ranked 16 9787536593756 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Password Discovery Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 17 9787534618727 1998-07 The Straw Hut Cao Wenxuan Jiangsu Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 18 9787536593459 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: ‘Have a Meal’ Restaurant Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
12 19 9787521726473 2020-12 A Dog Named Money Bodo Schafer CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
Not Ranked 20 9787536593442 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: The Magic Lamp Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 21 9787558900648 2017-07 Winter of Three Hairs (With Chinese Pinyin) Zhang Leping Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 22 9787513721141 2021-12 Rainbow Bridge Good Emotions and Good Habits Formation (8 volumes) Zhu Jiarui, Wang Shan China Peace Publishing House
Not Ranked 23 9787201077642 2013-01 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint Tianjin People’s Publishing House
24 24 9787559654533 2021-09 Super Scholar: Physics Xiang Hua Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 25 9787536587731 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: Trouble of the New Deskmate Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 26 9787536587762 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: If I Have a Time Machine Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
21 27 9787570222551 2021-08 Tree Boy Zhao Lihong Changjiang Literature & Art Press Co.,Ltd.
Not Ranked 28 9787536587755 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: Secrets of Nature Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 29 9787536587748 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: A Lot of Fun Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 30 9787536587694 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: I am a Pupil Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House

Foreign Author Fiction Bestsellers, July 2022
June 2022 Ranking July 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Author nationality Chinese Publisher
1 1 9787544291170 2017-08 One Hundred Years of Solitude (50th Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Colombia Nan Hai Publishing Co.
2 2 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee United States of America Yilin Press
Not Ranked 3 9787533947354 2017-03 The Old Man and The Sea Ernest Miller Hemingway United States of America Zhejiang Literature & Art Press
9 4 9787506394864 2017-09 Sophie’s World (New Edition) Jostein Gaarder Norway The Writer’s Publishing House
4 5 9787208061644 2006-04 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini United States of America Shanghai People’s Publishing House
3 6 9787544298995 2020-09 Miracles of the Namiya General Store (2020 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
5 7 9787573500977 2022-04 Crystal Spiral Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 8 9787544291163 2017-08 Journey Under the Midnight Sun (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 9 9787544282086 2016-02 The Moon and Sixpence William Somerset Maugham Britain Nan Hai Publishing Co.
8 10 9787532175512 2020-05 13 Steps Kazuaki Takano Japan Shanghai Literature & Art Press
10 11 9787540485337 2018-03 Tsubaki Stationery Store Ito Ogawa Japan Hunan Literature & Art Press
7 12 9787521200836 2018-08 Thiaoouba Prophecy Michael Desmarquet Australia The Writer’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 13 9787532761760 2013-08 The Outsider Albert Camus France Shanghai Translation Publishing House
11 14 9787544297059 2020-03 Love in the Time of Cholera (3 Million Sold Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Colombia Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 15 9787559614711 2018-01 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson Britain Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
18 16 9787539983295 2015-10 Foundation (Revised Edition) Isaac Asimov United States of America Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
16 17 9787541160912 2021-12 Fish Have No Feet Jón Kalman Stefánsson Iceland Sichuan Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 18 9787532761753 2013-08 The Plague Albert Camus France Shanghai Translation Publishing House
12 19 9787201112695 2017-03 Siddhartha Hermann Hesse Germany Tianjin People’s Publishing House
15 20 9787549637270 2022-04 The Namesake Atsushi Shimomura Japan Wenhui Publishing House

Foreign Author Nonfiction Bestsellers, July 2022
June 2022 Ranking July 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Author nationality Chinese Publisher
2 1 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Britain Tianjin People’s Publishing House
10 2 9787020116133 2016-06 Red Star Over China Edgar Snow United States of America People’s Literature Publishing House
3 3 9787111495482 2015-04 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi Japan China Machine Press
Not Ranked 4 9787508653389 2015-07 The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II Iris Chang United States of America CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
4 5 9787544276986 2019-10 Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover United States of America Nan Hai Publishing Co.
1 6 9787111551287 2016-10 Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool United States of America China Machine Press
5 7 9787508680965 2017-12 Predictably Irrational (Revised Edition) Dan Ariely United States of America CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
6 8 9787521733679 2021-09 The Most Tender Upbringing: Be a Gentle but Steadfast Parent Oh Eun-young Korea CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
7 9 9787550268517 2016-07 Positive Discipline Jane Nelsen United States of America Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 10 9787505732124 2013-12 Decisive Moments in History Stefan Zweig Austria China Friendship Publishing Company
Not Ranked 11 9787555262800 2017-12 The Power of Insensitivity Junichi Watanabe Japan Qingdao Publishing House
Not Ranked 12 9787571311728 2020-08 Oceans: Exploring the Hidden Depths of the Underwater World Paul Rose, Anne Laking Britain Jiangsu Science & Technology Press
Not Ranked 13 9787571311735 2020-08 Earth: The Power of the Planet Iain Stewart, John Lynch Britain Jiangsu Science & Technology Press
Not Ranked 14 9787571311711 2020-08 Life: Extraordinary Animals, Extreme Behaviour Martha Holmes, Michael Gunton Britain Jiangsu Science & Technology Press
12 15 9787511714152 2012-08 How to Talk so Teens will Listen and Listen so Teens will Talk Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish United States of America Central Compilation & Translation Press
Not Ranked 16 9787521741124 2022-04 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness Eric Jorgenson United States of America CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
Not Ranked 17 9787208150188 2018-07 Thus Spoke Zarathustra Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche Germany Shanghai People’s Publishing House
17 18 9787100186438 2020-08 Republic Plato Ancient Greece The Commercial Press Co.Ltd
15 19 9787522200514 2021-05 Nonviolent Communication Marshall B.Rosenberg United States of America Huaxia Publishing House
Not Ranked 20 9787505737488 2016-12 What Life Should Mean to You Alfred Adler Austria China Friendship Publishing Company

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, and more on the Chinese book publishing market is 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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