China Bestsellers: History, Awards, Humor

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Awards and screen adaptations drive fiction, while humorous history stokes nonfiction, on China’s October bestseller lists from OpenBook.

Dylan Wang and Esther Yu in the Netflix adaptation from director Zheng Yi of Jiu Lu Fei Xiang’s ‘Love Between Fairy and Devil’ (Sichuan Literature & Art Press), credited with propelling the book to an entry on the OpenBook list in October at No. 20. The series premiered on Netflix on August 7. Image: Netflix promotional still

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

Nine Newcomers to the Top 30 in Fiction
An unusual level of action was seen in October’s Beijing OpenBook bestseller lists for China, in part driven by the Swedish Academy’s choice of Annie Ernaux to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. A total nine newcomers were found among the Top 30, although they entered at the 16th position or lower

‘Annees’

As our OpenBook associates point out, Ernaux’s book Annees (People’s Literature Publishing House) entered the chart at No. 16. The Chinese market’s attraction to the book, per the OpenBook team, is how it plays out like a collection of old photographs, each “awakening people’s memories … reflecting the passage of time and the evolution of the world.

Much more familiar on the Chinese market, Yu Hua commanded no fewer than five spots in the Top 30, and one of them, Brothers (Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House) entered the chart for the first time, at No. 28. Here, too, we see the impact of an award–Brothers won the foreign nomination in Russia’s Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award, named for Tolstoy’s home, of course, now a museum near Tula.

‘Brothers’

Our associates talk of Yu’s “personal charm,” particularly in interviews, in which the author tends to reveal a knack for comedy, at one point saying that he “leaves sorrow to readers” and keeps “happiness for myself.”

There’s a lot of happiness to be had, of course, when your books are standing at Nos. 2, 21, 24, 26, and 28 on a 30-slot bestseller list.

Close on Yu’s heels, Zhang Jiajia in October  was able to occupy four spots in the Top 30, and in this case, the success of Moments We Shared at No. 6 (Hunan Literature & Art Press) was pushed along by news of a film adaptation expected to be released in 2023. More than 1 million likes followed that news on social media, and at least 100,000 comments on editorial announcements.

‘Moments We Shared’

The book is a family drama in which a young man returns to a smalltown and runs into “a series of sorrows and joys with his grandmother and several children.”

Jiu Lu Fei Xiang’s Love Between Fairy and Devil ( Sichuan Literature & Art Press) arrived at No. 20, another newcomer to the charts driven by the screens.

You’ll find the series on Netflix, released August 7 in Zheng Yi’s direction as an opulent fantasy romance, written by Bai Jin Jin and based on a book by Hong Wan Ling.

‘Love Between Fairy and Devil’

The Jiu title on the chart is a series tie-in drawing fans to its period glam and the performances of Dylan Wang, Esther Yu, Linghe Zhang, Haiqiao Xu, and Xiaoting Guo.

In nonfiction, if you can tell a story from history in a comedic way, you may stand a good chance of capturing the Chinese nonfiction charts.

Following the runaway success of Er Hunzi’s “30 Minutes of Chinese History in Cartoon” series (Jiangsu Literature & Art Press), we now see Fei Zhi’s “If History Were a Group of Cats” series from Heilongjiang Fine Arts Press ruling the nonfiction list.

‘Interesting Chinese History’

There are six entries from Fei’s series on the October chart, and it’s thought that the latest challenger to arrive on the humorous history highway is Interesting Chinese History by Qu Ge, found at No. 26 (Taihai Publishing House).

Not to worry about the Group of Cats: They’re now holding forth in physical bookstore channels, our associates say, with some 10 titles overrunning the Top 30 in those retail venues.

Absolutely no laughing matter, of course, the COVID-19 battle on the mainland continues to be moderated by the government’s easing of its former “zero-COVID” policies. We’ll be interested to see if OpenBook’s research can detect changes in book sales—logically in the physical retail channels—as mitigation efforts are made less stringent.

Within 24 hours of this article’s publication, Reuters Beijing has reported that China’s US ambassador, Qin Gang, has said on the Semafor news platform, “In the near future, I believe that the measures will be further relaxed and international travel will become easier … from all the directions to China.” And in another Reuters report carried by CNBC today (December 13), the state-mandated travel-tracking app known as the “itinerary code” is said to have been withdrawn, having been used to determine whether citizens had traveled to COVID-stricken areas.

Below, then, are OpenBook’s overall lists from October 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, October 2022
September 2022 Ranking October 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
1 1 9787020139590 2019-06 The Last Quarter of the Moon Chi Zijian People’s Literature Publishing House
6 2 9787530221532 2021-10 To Live (2021 Edition) Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
2 3 9787506331746 2005-05 Distant Savior Dou Dou The Writer’s Publishing House
3 4 9787536692930 2008-01 The Three-Body Problem Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
19 5 9787513349437 2022-08 In The Beginning · Year Wang Shuo New Star Press Co.Ltd
10 6 9787540487645 2018-06 Moments We Shared Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
4 7 9787229030933 2010-11 Death’s End Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
9 8 9787544291170 2017-08 One Hundred Years of Solitude (50th Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Nan Hai Publishing Co.
5 9 9787536693968 2008-05 The Dark Forest Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
11 10 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yilin Press
15 11 9787530219218 2019-02 A Wavy Life Mai Jia Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
8 12 9787500601593 2005-08 Red Crag Luo Guangbin, Yang Yiyan China Youth Press
18 13 9787533966102 2021-12 Life and Death are Wearing Me Out Mo Yan Zhejiang Literature & Art Press
17 14 9787530221396 2021-06 Ordinary Word (3 Volumes) (2021 Edition) Lu Yao Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
13 15 9787506368698 2013-06 The World Under the Sky Dou Dou The Writer’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 16 9787020167098 2021-07 Annees Anne Ernaux People’s Literature Publishing House
12 17 9787020002207 1998-07 Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin People’s Literature Publishing House
16 18 9787020008735 1998-07 Journey to the West Wu Cheng’en People’s Literature Publishing House
20 19 9787572602825 2021-08 Always Have, Always Will Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 20 9787541158698 2021-01 Love Between Fairy and Devil Jiu Lu Fei Xiang Sichuan Literature & Art Press
29 21 9787530217962 2018-05 Cries in the Drizzle Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
30 22 9787540491949 2019-06 I Belonged to You (Revised Edition) Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 23 9787020164776 2020-07 A Late Bloomer Mo Yan People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 24 9787513331418 2018-08 The Seventh Day Yu hua New Star Press Co.Ltd
Not Ranked 25 9787505738478 2016-10 A Madman’s Diary Lu Xun China Friendship Publishing Company
Not Ranked 26 9787530216033 2017-09 Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (2017 Edition) Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 27 9787530217054 2017-12 The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 28 9787530222324 2021-11 Brothers Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
25 29 9787020127894 2017-07 Fortress Besieged Qian Zhongshu People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 30 9787540496562 2020-07 Journey with you Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press

OpenBook’s Nonfiction Bestsellers, October 2022
September 2022 Ranking October 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
Not Ranked 1 9787559664464 2022-10 Wish You Love Yourself Too Fang Qi Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 2 9787563940615 2014-10 Accompany Children Through The Six Years Of Primary School Chai Yibing Beijing University of Technology Press
4 3 9787561346259 2009-05 Yi Ching is Really to Understand Zeng Shiqiang Shaanxi Normal University Press
9 4 9787111495482 2015-04 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi China Machine Press
2 5 9787550285880 2016-10 The Complete Book of Dietary Therapy Shi Xiang Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
7 6 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Tianjin People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 7 9787555262800 2017-12 The Power of Insensitivity Junichi Watanabe Qingdao Publishing House
12 8 9787222204331 2021-11 Details of Law Luo Xiang Yunnan People’s Publishing House
5 9 9787511320506 2012-08 Su Shu Huang Shigong, Ding Minxiang China Overseas Chinese Press
Not Ranked 10 9787571315252 2021-01 Take Care of Children’s Spleen and Stomach Li Aike Jiangsu Science & Technology Press
3 11 9787521733679 2021-09 The Most Tender Upbringing: Be a Gentle but Steadfast Parent Oh Eun-young CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
23 12 9787555262688 2021-04 Danshari He Quanfeng Qingdao Publishing House
22 13 9787521603774 2019-08 The Faith as Premise of Freedom Luo Xiang China Legal Publishing House
Not Ranked 14 9787547265727 2020-02 Impromptu Speeches He Liu Jilin Literature & History Press
11 15 9787508653389 2015-07 The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War Ⅱ Iris Chang CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
20 16 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
13 17 9787208171336 2021-08 In the Affair: Chinese Government and Economic Development Lan Xiaohuan Shanghai People’s Publishing House
28 18 9787559313652 2017-09 If History were a Group of Cats: Xia, Shang and Western Zhou Dynasty Fei Zhi Heilongjiang Fine Arts Press
1 19 9787521746709 2022-09 Reunion Sun Yue CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
17 20 9787544334792 2011-01 Close to The Buddha Khenpo Sherab Zangpo Rinpoche Hainan Publishing House
Not Ranked 21 9787559330260 2018-06 If History were a Group of Cats: The Spring-autumn and Warring State Period Fei Zhi Heilongjiang Fine Arts Press
Not Ranked 22 9787557025847 2021-11 If History were a Group of Cats: Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
Not Ranked 23 9787550285415 2016-10 Accompany Children Through The Six Years Of Primary School Liu Chenglian Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
15 24 9787520802130 2018-05 Do Their Own Psychological Doctor Mo Yu China Business Publishing House
18 25 9787540484880 2018-01 The Gay Genius: The Life and Times of Su Tungpo Lin Yutang Hunan Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 26 9787516827628 2020-11 Interesting Chinese History Qu Ge Taihai Publishing House
Not Ranked 27 9787557017477 2019-02 If History were a Group of Cats: Qin, Chu, Western Han and Eastern Han Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
Not Ranked 28 9787559663740 2021-12 Read to great Feng Tang Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 29 9787557024413 2021-05 If History were a Group of Cats: Prosperity of the Tang Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
14 30 9787520711531 2019-11 A Compass to Fulfillment Kazuo Inamori Orient Press

OpenBook’s Children’s Bestsellers, October 2022
September 2022 Ranking October 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
2 1 9787218146768 2022-09 Manga Elementary School Student Psychology Han Tu Guangdong People’s Publishing House
6 2 9787573110930 2022-04 Psychology in Cartoon for Kids (5 volumes) Bai Mingyan Jilin Publishing Group Co., Ltd.
1 3 9787110103074 2022-02 Science Comics Loved by Pupils (4 volumes) Sunbook Popular Science Press
5 4 9787533274269 2013-08 Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram Tomorrow Publishing House
4 5 9787570711888 2021-12 Ultraman Series Photo Book for 55th Anniversary Tsuburaya Productions Anhui Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 6 9787570229178 2022-10 Grandma Quotes Picture Book (4 volumes) Ni Ping Changjiang Literature & Art Press Co.,Ltd.
Not Ranked 7 9787530749777 2011-02 From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler E.L.Konigsburg New Buds Publishing House
Not Ranked 8 9787227072201 2021-11 Scientist’s Story Jiao Qingfeng Ningxia People’s Publishing House
20 9 9787536587694 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: I am a Pupil Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 10 9787566714350 2018-09 World Classic Fairy Tales (20 volumes) Cai Xiaobai Hunan University Press
Not Ranked 11 9787566714398 2018-09 Chinese Classic Stories (20 volumes) Cai Xiaobai Hunan University Press
23 12 9787536587724 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: Look at This Family Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 13 9787568290685 2020-11 The Classic of Mountains and Rivers for Kids Xu Pingping Beijing Institute of Technology Press
Not Ranked 14 9787556862726 2022-03 28-Day Children’s Self-care Ability Development Series (4 volumes) Deng Juan 21st Century Press Group
24 15 9787536587717 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: A Dog Called Rat Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
25 16 9787536587700 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: My Good Friend Tie Tou Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
11 17 9787532767373 2014-08 Charlotte’s Web Elwyn Brooks White Shanghai Translation Publishing House
Not Ranked 18 9787502086855 2021-07 Why shouldn’t I? (10 volumes) Little Red Sail Emergency Management Press
Not Ranked 19 9787555715528 2020-12 10,000 Cases of Stick Figures Lian Dongxing Chengdu Map Press
16 20 9787533299224 2018-10 Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake Tomorrow Publishing House
Not Ranked 21 9787559621337 2019-04 Butt Detective: Detective and the Fraud Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 22 9787533264062 2010-12 Let’s Get Mung Beans, Momma! Zeng Yangqing, Wan Huaguo Tomorrow Publishing House
Not Ranked 23 9787559608390 2018-01 Butt Detective: The Criminal Appears Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 24 9787550286122 2016-11 Butt Detective: Disappeared Popular Dessert Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 25 9787550286214 2016-11 Butt Detective: The Missing Lunch Box Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 26 9787550286238 2016-11 Butt Detective: Look for the Rainbow Diamond Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
10 27 9787533273460 2013-05 Something from Nothing Phoebe Gilman Tomorrow Publishing House
Not Ranked 28 9787550286085 2016-11 Butt Detective: The Big Crisis of Small Director Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
17 29 9787559015266 2017-06 Friendship, to be Rented (with Chinese Pinyin) Fang Suzhen, Hao Luowen Xinjiang Children and Youth Publishing House
Not Ranked 30 9787536574366 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Stratego Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House

Foreign Author Fiction Bestsellers, October 2022
September 2022 Ranking October 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 9787020167098 2021-07 Annees Anne Ernaux France People’s Literature Publishing House
6 4 9787530217054 2017-12 The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Brazil Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
4 5 9787208061644 2006-04 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini United States of America Shanghai People’s Publishing House
5 6 9787544291163 2017-08 Journey Under the Midnight Sun (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
9 7 9787540485337 2018-03 Tsubaki Stationery Store Ito Ogawa Japan Hunan Literature & Art Press
7 8 9787532175512 2020-05 13 Steps Kazuaki Takano Japan Shanghai Literature & Art Press
17 9 9787544297059 2020-03 Love in the Time of Cholera (3 Million Sold Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Colombia Nan Hai Publishing Co.
16 10 9787201112695 2017–03 Siddhartha Hermann Hesse Germany Tianjin People’s Publishing House
13 11 9787559614711 2018-01 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson Britain Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
10 12 9787544298995 2020-09 Miracles of the Namiya General Store (2020 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
15 13 9787544296274 2019-09 Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse Otsuichi Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
3 14 9787506394864 2017-09 Sophie’s World (New Edition) Jostein Gaarder Norway The Writer’s Publishing House
14 15 9787559641182 2020-07 Scream Aki Hamanaka Japan Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
20 16 9787544269452 2021-11 Malice (2022 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
12 17 9787521200836 2018-08 Thiaoouba Prophecy Michael Desmarquet Australia The Writer’s Publishing House
18 18 9787544282086 2016-02 The Moon and Sixpence William Somerset Maugham Britain Nan Hai Publishing Co.
11 19 9787533936020 2017-02 The Moon and Sixpence William Somerset Maugham Britain Zhejiang Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 20 9787544263962 2022-03 Crucifix of Nothingness Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.

Foreign Author Nonfiction Bestsellers, October 2022
September 2022 Ranking October 2022 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Author nationality Chinese Publisher
3 1 9787111495482 2015-04 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi Japan China Machine Press
2 2 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Britain Tianjin People’s Publishing House
11 3 9787555262800 2017-12 The Power of Insensitivity Junichi Watanabe Japan Qingdao Publishing House
1 4 9787521733679 2021-09 The Most Tender Upbringing: Be a Gentle but Steadfast Parent Oh Eun-young Korea CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
4 5 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
5 6 9787520711531 2019-11 A Compass to Fulfillment Kazuo Inamori Japan Orient Press
9 7 9787544276986 2019-10 Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover United States of America Nan Hai Publishing Co.
7 8 9787550268517 2016-07 Positive Discipline Jane Nelsen United States of America Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
14 9 9787801445445 2003-04 You Can Heal Your Life Louise L.Hay United States of America China Astronautic Publishing House
Not Ranked 10 9787505737488 2016-12 What Life Should Mean to You Alfred Adler Austria China Friendship Publishing Company
10 11 9787111551287 2016-10 Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool United States of America China Machine Press
13 12 9787522200514 2021-05 Nonviolent Communication Marshall B.Rosenberg United States of America Huaxia Publishing House
12 13 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 14 9787515902241 2012-07 Letters to Louise: The Answers are Within You Louise L.Hay United States of America China Astronautic Publishing House
17 15 9787508680965 2017-12 Predictably Irrational (Revised Edition) Dan Ariely United States of America CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
Not Ranked 16 9787505738966 2017-05 How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie United States of America China Friendship Publishing Company
19 17 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 18 9787505745681 2018-12 The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind Gustave Le Bon France China Friendship Publishing Company
16 19 9787521719253 2020-08 The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) Philippa Perry Britain CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
Not Ranked 20 9787108009821 1998-07 1587, a Year of No Significance Ray Huang United States of America SDX Joint 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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