China Bestsellers in January: A Three-Adaptation Problem

In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson

Now with three serial adaptations either on the air or in post-production, Liu Cixin’s ‘The Three-Body Problem’ rockets up the charts.

A production still with actor Luyi Zhang from the CCTV live-action adaptation of Liu Cixin’s ‘The Three-Body Problem,’ which began airing January 15. Image: CCTV-8

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

CCTV’s Series Opened January 15
You’ll recall that in our November 2022 China bestsellers update, we looked at the arrival in China of a new animated adaptation of Liu Cixin’s Hugo Award-winning The Three-Body Problem (Chongqing Publishing House).

The new boxed edition of ‘The Three-Body Problem’ from Chongqing Publishing House

As anticipated, the production has driven Liu’s trilogy to the top of Beijing OpenBook’s fiction list. And, furthermore, there’s now a doorstopper-sized boxed set appearing in the January charts, also from Chongqing Publishing House, punching its way onto the January bestseller list for the first time, and at No. 14.

And there’s now a three-adaptation problem going on, as well—a problem, at least for those trying to keep up with all this, if not for fans of Liu’s popular work or for the profoundly popular computer engineer Liu Cixin, now 59 and winner of the Chinese Nebula.

In lieu of Liu’s success, we’d be talking about Ma Boyong’s Lychee in Chang’an from Hunan Literature & Art Press, which made a remarkable jump in January from No. 23 to No. 5 on the fiction list. Instead, we need to take a pause for disambiguation for you and chart the three adaptations of The Three-Body Problem.

  • In November, we had seen the arrival of the animated Chinese piece. You’ll recall that there was some discussion at the time about whether that program’s start with the second book was the best choice, purists feeling a bit rooked.
  • We also were tracking a live-action English-language series adaptation now in post-production from Netflix and Bighead Littlehead for release later this year. That’s still underway, with Minkie Spiro and Derek Tsang directing and showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss in charge.
  • As it has happened, there’s yet a third adaptation, also live-action and made by China’s CCTV (distribution CCTV-8). This one began landing on Chinese small screens on January 15. And it’s being hailed for a telling more loyal to the books than the animated interpretation.

The poster for the CCTV live-action adaptation of Liu Cixin’s ‘The Three-Body Problem’ … not the edition coming later this year to Netflix. Image: CCTV=8

In terms of market impact for the books? That third adaptation, the Chinese live-action piece, “allowed audiences who have not read The Three-Body Problem [trilogy] to immerse themselves in the story [with] interpretive content, which lowered the obstacles for viewing and understanding.”

So say our associates on OpenBook’s research team, who also would like to call your attention to No. 19 on the list: a revised 2015 translation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, which was initially read as a group of short stories and novellas starting in 1942 and released in its own trilogy format between 1951 and 1953.

If you’ll forgive us a mild moment of geekery here, isn’t it fascinating that sci-fi—so frequently associated with futurism, of course—turns up in such classic “everything old is new again” ways? The first glimmer of the Foundation content appeared 81 years ago, and now Liu’s Problem is only that he has three series going to television in the same 12-month span, itself a body of material that was first read 17 years ago, in 2006.

The Chinese live-action series is directed by Lei Yang with Liangliang Tian as head writer and music (we’d like to hear this) by Xueran Chen. We’re tantalizing you today with some production shots. And all this Liu Cixin activity in January meant that seven of the Top 30 fiction slots tracked by OpenBook involved Three-Body editions, probably earning Liu the right to call himself the Colleen Hoover of the Chinese charts.

Ma Boyong’s ‘Lychee in Chang’an’

Since we mentioned Lychee in Chang’an, it’s worth noting that that book, jumping from No. 23 to No. 5 in January, was also buoyed by a show, but in this case it was the influential Oriental Selection Live Broadcast Room in a December appearance … in which it was announced that, yes, there’s a film coming. “Heated discussions” followed this news, we’re told, once again providing the advice to publishers that screen development is simply the token of many realms today, a point hardly limited to Western fixations on glowy images.

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 production still from the CCTV live-action adaptation of Liu Cixin’s ‘The Three-Body Problem,’ which began airing January 15. Image: CCTV-8

OpenBook’s Fiction Bestsellers, January 2023
December 2022 Ranking January 2023 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
1 1 9787536692930 2008-01 The Three-Body Problem Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
2 2 9787536693968 2008-05 The Dark Forest Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
3 3 9787229030933 2010-11 Death’s End Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
5 4 9787530221532 2021-10 To Live (2021 Edition) Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
23 5 9787572608582 2022-10 Lychee in Chang’an Ma Boyong Hunan Literature & Art Press
11 6 9787500601593 2005-08 Red Crag Luo Guangbin, Yang Yiyan China Youth Press
4 7 9787020139590 2019-06 The Last Quarter of the Moon Chi Zijian People’s Literature Publishing House
15 8 9787020002207 1998-07 Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin People’s Literature Publishing House
9 9 9787544291170 2017-08 One Hundred Years of Solitude (50th Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Nan Hai Publishing Co.
20 10 9787533966102 2021-12 Life and Death are Wearing Me Out Mo Yan Zhejiang Literature & Art Press
10 11 9787540487645 2018-06 Moments We Shared Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
7 12 9787506394864 2017-09 Sophie’s World (New Edition) Jostein Gaarder The Writer’s Publishing House
6 13 9787506331746 2005-05 Distant Savior Dou Dou The Writer’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 14 9787229100605 2015-10 The Three-Body Problem (Collector’s Edition) Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
13 15 9787530221396 2021-06 Ordinary Word (3 Volumes) (2021 Edition) Lu Yao Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
12 16 9787530219218 2019-02 A Wavy Life Mai Jia Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
21 17 9787500680239 2009-01 Pioneering Liu Qing China Youth Press
Not Ranked 18 9787229100612 2015-10 The Dark Forest (Collector’s Edition) Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
Not Ranked 19 9787539983295 2015-10 Foundation (Revised Edition) Isaac Asimov Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 20 9787229124410 2017-09 The Three-Body Problem (Collection 3 Books Set) Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
Not Ranked 21 9787229100629 2015-10 Death’s End (Collector’s Edition) Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
14 22 9787533969608 2022-09 Destiny Cai Chongda Zhejiang Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 23 9787513331418 2018-08 The Seventh Day Yu hua New Star Press Co.Ltd
Not Ranked 24 9787521748239 2022-12 Goodbye Eri Tatsuki Fujimoto CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
16 25 9787513349437 2022-08 In The Beginning · Year Wang Shuo New Star Press Co.Ltd
27 26 9787506344791 2008-12 Street Wizards Feng Jicai The Writer’s Publishing House
19 27 9787544291163 2017-08 Journey Under the Midnight Sun (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Nan Hai Publishing Co.
22 28 9787530217962 2018-05 Cries in the Drizzle Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 29 9787530216033 2017-09 Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (2017 Edition) Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
18 30 9787020008735 1998-07 Journey to the West Wu Cheng’en People’s Literature Publishing House

A production still from the CCTV live-action adaptation of Liu Cixin’s ‘The Three-Body Problem,’ which began airing January 15. Image: CCTV-8


OpenBook’s Nonfiction Bestsellers, January 2023
December 2022 Ranking January 2023 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
Not Ranked 1 9787515830292 2022-01 Chinese Communication Wisdom Sun Yuzhong China Industry and Commerce Joint Publishing Co. Ltd
Not Ranked 2 9787549629916 2019-11 Sales is to play with EQ Wang Xiaoyi, Guan Peng Wenhui Publishing House
1 3 9787520816199 2021-08 Impromptu speech Du Ying China Business Publishing House
5 4 9787559664464 2022-10 Wish You Love Yourself Too Fang Qi Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
2 5 9787111495482 2015-04 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi China Machine Press
Not Ranked 6 9787520802024 2018-05 Peace of mind Chen Zan China Business Publishing House
4 7 9787555262800 2017-12 The Power of Insensitivity Junichi Watanabe Qingdao Publishing House
3 8 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Tianjin People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 9 9787801445445 2003-04 You Can Heal Your Life Louise L.Hay China Astronautic Publishing House
10 10 9787561346259 2009-05 Yi Ching is Really to Understand Zeng Shiqiang Shaanxi Normal University Press
21 11 9787108067227 2019-12 Fu Lei’s Letters for Home (Commemorative Edition) Fu Lei SDX Joint Publishing Company
Not Ranked 12 9787572608377 2022-09 It‘s A Long Journey Lu Sihao Hunan Literature & Art Press
7 13 9787208171336 2021-08 In the Affair: Chinese Government and Economic Development Lan Xiaohuan Shanghai People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 14 9787511320506 2012-08 Su Shu Huang Shigong, Ding Minxiang China Overseas Chinese Press
Not Ranked 15 9787553786353 2019-03 Make Baby Food with Me Yuan Bao Ma Ma Jiangsu Science & Technology Press
11 16 9787557028657 2022-10 If History were a Group of Cats: Southern Song, Jin and Yuan Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
27 17 9787020084357 2011-04 I and the Temple of Earth Shi Tiesheng People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 18 9787555262688 2021-04 Danshari He Quanfeng Qingdao Publishing House
12 19 9787544276986 2019-10 Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 20 9787521741124 2022-04 The Almanac of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness Eric Jorgenson CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
6 21 9787222204331 2021-11 Details of Law Luo Xiang Yunnan People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 22 9787201088945 2014-12 No More Than Skins Cai Chongda Tianjin People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 23 9787545485738 2022-12 Gold Thread Feng Tang Guangdong Economy Publishing House
Not Ranked 24 9787544334792 2011-01 Close to The Buddha Khenpo Sherab Zangpo Rinpoche Hainan Publishing House
Not Ranked 25 9787540484880 2018-01 The Gay Genius: The Life and Times of Su Tungpo Lin Yutang Hunan Literature & Art Press
23 26 9787111691020 2021-09 The Underlying Logic: How to See the Essence of Things Liu Run China Machine Press
Not Ranked 27 9787513349369 2022-09 From the Limit: Correspondence on Feminism Chizuko Ueno New Star Press Co.Ltd
Not Ranked 28 9787540883690 2022-11 Accompany Children Through The Six Years Of Primary School Zhu Xiuting Sichuan Education Press
26 29 9787521736816 2022-01 Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
16 30 9787559313652 2017-09 If History were a Group of Cats: Xia, Shang and Western Zhou Dynasty Fei Zhi Heilongjiang Fine Arts Press

OpenBook’s Children’s Bestsellers, January 2023
December 2022 Ranking January 2023 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
1 1 9787218146768 2022-09 Manga Elementary School Student Psychology Han Tu Guangdong People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 2 9787548047698 2016-11 Sun Tzu’s Art of War Sun Wu Jiangxi Fine Arts Press
Not Ranked 3 9787502086855 2021-07 Why shouldn’t I? (10 volumes) Little Red Sail Emergency Management Press
Not Ranked 4 9787544288590 2018-06 Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (2018 Edition) Tetsuko Kuroyanagi Nan Hai Publishing Co.
22 5 9787533299224 2018-10 Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake Tomorrow Publishing House
Not Ranked 6 9787532767373 2014-08 Charlotte’s Web Elwyn Brooks White Shanghai Translation Publishing House
2 7 9787559621337 2019-04 Butt Detective: Detective and the Fraud Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
3 8 9787550286122 2016-11 Butt Detective: Disappeared Popular Dessert Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
4 9 9787550286214 2016-11 Butt Detective: The Missing Lunch Box Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
6 10 9787559608390 2018-01 Butt Detective: The Criminal Appears Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
5 11 9787550286085 2016-11 Butt Detective: The Big Crisis of Small Director Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
7 12 9787550286238 2016-11 Butt Detective: Look for the Rainbow Diamond Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
9 13 9787110103074 2022-02 Science Comics Loved by Pupils (4 volumes) Sunbook Popular Science Press
8 14 9787511052568 2020-08 Butt Detective: Snow Monster in Deep Mountain Troll Dolphin Press
Not Ranked 15 9787559706522 2018-05 The Foolish and the Unhappy (With Chinese Pinyin) Ren Rongrong Zhejiang Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
11 16 9787570711888 2021-12 Ultraman Series Photo Book for 55th Anniversary Tsuburaya Productions Anhui Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
23 17 9787521726473 2020-12 A Dog Named Money Bodo Schafer CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
Not Ranked 18 9787566714398 2018-09 Chinese Classic Stories (20 volumes) Cai Xiaobai Hunan University Press
Not Ranked 19 9787566714350 2018-09 World Classic Fairy Tales (20 volumes) Cai Xiaobai Hunan University Press
Not Ranked 20 9787531332091 2008-05 Xili Hulu The Little Pig (Zhuyin Version) (Vol.1) Sun You Jun Chunfeng Art & Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 21 9787556830411 2017-10 The Cricket in Times Square George Selden, Garth Williams 21st Century Press Group
Not Ranked 22 9787534633362 2005-05 Bronze and Sunflower Cao Wenxuan Jiangsu Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 23 9787549851294 2021-12 Yilin 18th Anniversary Commemorative Book Editorial Office of Yilin Jilin Photography Publishing House
12 24 9787536587694 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: I am a Pupil Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 25 9787534256301 2009-09 Dreaming of Being a Wolf King (2018 Edition) Shen Shixi Zhejiang Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 26 9787558900648 2017-07 Winter of Three Hairs (With Chinese Pinyin) Zhang Leping Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 27 9787570714629 2022-05 Excellent BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Liu Zhengyu Anhui Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
16 28 9787533562632 2021-01 Our Chinese New Year’s Eve He Jie Fujian Science & Technology Press
13 29 9787536587724 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: Look at This Family Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
14 30 9787536587717 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: A Dog Called Rat Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House

Foreign Author Fiction Bestsellers, January 2023
December 2022 Ranking January 2023 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Author nationality Chinese Publisher
2 1 9787544291170 2017-08 One Hundred Years of Solitude (50th Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Colombia Nan Hai Publishing Co.
1 2 9787506394864 2017-09 Sophie’s World (New Edition) Jostein Gaarder Norway The Writer’s Publishing House
8 3 9787539983295 2015-10 Foundation (Revised Edition) Isaac Asimov United States of America Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 4 9787521748239 2022-12 Goodbye Eri Tatsuki Fujimoto Japan CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
3 5 9787544291163 2017-08 Journey Under the Midnight Sun (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 6 9787544774635 2019-01 How the Steel Was Tempered (New Edition) Nikolai Alexeevich Ostrovsky Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Yilin Press
10 7 9787208061644 2006-04 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini United States of America Shanghai People’s Publishing House
6 8 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee United States of America Yilin Press
Not Ranked 9 9787544775717 2019-06 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (New Edition) Jules Verne France Yilin Press
6 10 9787544766500 2017-01 To kill amockingbird Harper Lee United States of America Yilin Press
7 11 9787530217054 2017-12 The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Brazil Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
12 12 9787201112695 2017-03 Siddhartha Hermann Hesse Germany Tianjin People’s Publishing House
17 13 9787544298995 2020-09 Miracles of the Namiya General Store (2020 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
9 14 9787532175512 2020-05 13 Steps Kazuaki Takano Japan Shanghai Literature & Art Press
4 15 9787544297059 2020-03 Love in the Time of Cholera (3 Million Sold Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Colombia Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 16 9787544774666 2018-12 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bront? Britain Yilin Press
8 17 9787539983295 2015-10 Foundation Isaac Asimov United States of America Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
5 18 9787020167098 2021-07 Annees Anne Ernaux France People’s Literature Publishing House
15 19 9787559614711 2018-01 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson Britain Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
11 20 9787544269452 2021-11 Malice (2022 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.

Foreign Author Nonfiction Bestsellers, January 2023
December 2022 Ranking January 2023 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Author nationality Chinese Publisher
1 1 9787111495482 2015-04 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi Japan China Machine Press
3 2 9787555262800 2017-12 The Power of Insensitivity Junichi Watanabe Japan Qingdao Publishing House
2 3 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Britain Tianjin People’s Publishing House
8 4 9787801445445 2003-04 You Can Heal Your Life Louise L.Hay United States of America China Astronautic Publishing House
5 5 9787544276986 2019-10 Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover United States of America Nan Hai Publishing Co.
11 6 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
13 7 9787513349369 2022-09 From the Limit: Correspondence on Feminism Chizuko Ueno Japan New Star Press Co.Ltd
9 8 9787521736816 2022-01 Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond United States of America CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
7 9 9787521733679 2021-09 The Most Tender Upbringing: Be a Gentle but Steadfast Parent Oh Eun-young Korea CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
16 10 9787522200514 2021-05 Nonviolent Communication Marshall B. Rosenberg United States of America Huaxia Publishing House
15 11 9787520711531 2019-11 A Compass to Fulfillment Kazuo Inamori Japan Orient Press
17 12 9787108009821 1998-07 1587, a Year of No Significance Ray Huang United States of America SDX Joint Publishing Company
19 13 9787542645715 2015-02 Misogyny Chizuko Ueno Japan Shanghai Joint Publishing Company
4 14 9787532736553 2005-01 The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin Robert Lawrence Kuhn United States of America Shanghai Translation Publishing House
12 15 9787550268517 2016-07 Positive Discipline Jane Nelsen United States of America Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
20 16 9787210096528 2017-09 Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Carol S.Dweck United States of America Jiangxi People’s Publishing House
10 17 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 18 9787505737488 2016-12 What Life Should Mean to You Alfred Adler Austria China Friendship Publishing Company
Not Ranked 19 9787521742299 2022-10 101 Essays that will Change the Way Brianna Wiest United States of America CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
18 20 9787111551287 2016-10 Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool United States of America China Machine Press

Another production still with actor Liyu Zhang from the CCTV live-action adaptation of Liu Cixin’s ‘The Three-Body Problem,’ which began airing January 15. Image: CCTV-8

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 December 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.

Actors Liyu Zhang and Xiaoran Li in a production still with actor Liyu Zhang from the CCTV live-action adaptation of Liu Cixin’s ‘The Three-Body Problem,’ which began airing January 15. Image: CCTV-8


More China bestseller reports from Publishing Perspectives are here, and more on the Chinese book publishing market is here. More from us on adaptations of books to film and television is here and here

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Porter Anderson 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 (Fellow, 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.