China Bestsellers in July: Etiquette and Education

In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson

With summer school titles driving contemporary classics sales, China’s July charts were busy with a robust interest in etiquette.

‘The Giant Egg,’ as some call Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts, on a July evening. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Mirko Kuzmanovic

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

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In looking at the July bestsellers in the Chinese market, the familiar summertime pattern was clearly in place, as sales of the four key classic novels recognized in educational programming in China was led by a new version from Publishing House of the China Literary Federation of Cao Xuequin’s Dream of the Red Chamber making its move for the first time onto the fiction charts.

‘Dream of the Red Chamber’

This as well as Shi Nai’an and Luo Guanzhong’s Water Margin (People’s Literature Publishing House) and Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West (People’s Literature Publishing House) are often animated by the release of new editions, and this summer, the usual engine of primary and secondary school-reading lists have been revved up by the ministry of education’s addition of a “reading the whole book” requirement.

An outlier in this regard is the first appearance at No. 1 of Think Tank by the 17th-century sage Feng Menglong (Beijing Union Publishing), following its debut on the charts at No. 2 last week. It’s a departure from the contemporary-classics/new-version pattern, in that it’s a book introduced in June this year, quite new, and written by an opera scholar of the Ming Dynasty. It’s a collection of “wisdom stories”—more than 1,000 of them—published in simplified Chinese. And as “classics” go, this is a collection of centuries-old classics, not the decades-old leading titles making such strong summer-reading showings.

‘Water Margin’

The real story in July, it turns out, was in nonfiction, which saw a surprisingly big cohort of new arrivals—14 in the Top 30.

And just what sells to the readership in terms of fast-charting nonfiction? – books that we in the West call “how to” or “self-help.” Among the new arrivals:

  • Five-Minute Comic Worldly Wisdom
  • Sentence Planet
  • Strategy
  • Be a Calm Mom
  • The Art of Dinner
  • Cognition Awakening
  • Emotional Intelligence In Sales That Touch People’s Hearts
  • Chinese Medicine Prescription Collection
  • Winning The Three-year High School Critical Period

‘Be a Calm Mom’

Our associates at Beijing OpenBook have a good phrase for the most successful of this kind of read on the Chinese market, saying that they all show a “skillful interpretation of a humane sense of the world.” Zhou Yunwei’s Be a Calm Mom (Tianjin Science & Technology Press) is pointed up as a particularly apt example, offering advice on educating one’s children as a parent as the state begins placing new emphasis on parent-child learning.

One driver is “short-video channels” for marketing—this, of course, refers to TikTok-like platforms—which often provide solid discounts. Another factor is that consumers are looking for books that “help them meet market changes,” as our associates put it, and being that Calm Mom is a good example of that, as parents work to handle family-life changes in the state’s expectations.

‘Winning the Three-Year High School Period’

A third factor is, as we’ve seen in the Chinese market many times, the impact of personal influencers. An example is young Zhang Wuefeng, author of the Winning the Three-Year High School Critical Period. He became popular on the Internet with his unique interpretations of colleges and universities, and his humorous descriptions were widely appreciated by students. In June, Xuefeng was able to parlay that online traffic to his views of journalism as he started the process of applying for work. A lot of social-media conversation ensued, and so did sales.

In children’s books in July, China’s fascination for etiquette books shows no signs of slowing. OpenBook’s researchers are tracking top sales for Manga Child Psychology, which returned in July to No. 1 (North China Women & Children’s Publishing House).

In second and third places, This is Traditional Chinese Etiquette: A Study Guide to Etiquette for Teenagers (Hebei Science & Technology Press) and Good Behavior: Those Little Things That My Grandparents Taught My Parents and My Parents Taught Me (Jiangsu Literature & Art Press) ranked second and third, that traction having a lot to do with the resurgence of interest in traditional national cultural values.

Lastly, we have an update on an earlier report, on this  year’s January bestsellers. At that point, we’d looked at the three adaptations of The Three-Body Problem and one of those, an English-language adaptation, was headed for Netflix’s worldwide distribution. This is coming from the Game of Thrones team’s David Benioff and DB Weiss, focused on Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past, with producer Alexander Woo onboard and participation from Plan B Entertainment.

At this point, Netflix is announcing a premiere in January without a date yet specified. And here’s a trailer. From the looks of it, Liu Cixin’s trilogy could start showing up on bestseller lists far beyond China’s.

Below, then, are OpenBook’s overall lists from July 2023 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 2023
June 2023 Ranking July 2023 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
2 1 9787559668332 2023-06 Think Tank (Selected Chinese) Feng Menglong Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
1 2 9787020139590 2019-06 The Last Quarter of the Moon Chi Zijian People’s Literature Publishing House
3 3 9787572608582 2022-10 The Litchi Road Ma Boyong Hunan Literature & Art Press
5 4 9787530221532 2021-10 To Live (2021 Edition) Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
10 5 9787500601593 2005-08 Red Crag Luo Guangbin, Yang Yiyan China Youth Press
8 6 9787540487645 2018-06 Moments We Shared Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
12 7 9787544291170 2017-08 One Hundred Years of Solitude (50th Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Nan Hai Publishing Co.
14 8 9787020002207 1998-07 Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin People’s Literature Publishing House
4 9 9787536692930 2008-01 The Three-Body Problem Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
6 10 9787536693968 2008-05 The Dark Forest Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
15 11 9787530221396 2021-06 Ordinary Word (3 Volumes) (2021 Edition) Lu Yao Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
7 12 9787229030933 2010-11 Death’s End Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
13 13 9787513348744 2022-11 The Seventh Day Yu hua New Star Press Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 14 9787519013295 2016-07 Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin The Publishing House of the China Literary Federation
Not Ranked 15 9787020008742 1998-07 Water Margin Shi Nai’an, Luo Guanzhong People’s Literature Publishing House
16 16 9787544291163 2017-08 Journey Under the Midnight Sun (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Nan Hai Publishing Co.
11 17 9787530219218 2019-02 A Wavy Life Mai Jia Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 18 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yilin Press
19 19 9787557028015 2023-05 I Become the God in the Infinite Game Hu Yu La Jiao Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
Not Ranked 20 9787020008735 1998-07 Journey to the West Wu Cheng’en People’s Literature Publishing House
21 21 9787572602825 2021-08 Always Have, Always Will Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
17 22 9787506331746 2005-05 Distant Savior Dou Dou The Writer’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 23 9787020127894 2017-07 Fortress Besieged Qian Zhongshu People’s Literature Publishing House
26 24 9787530216033 2017-09 Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (2017 Edition) Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
18 25 9787572610912 2023-05 The Annoyance of the Gods Ma Boyong Hunan Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 26 9787208061644 2006-04 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Shanghai People’s Publishing House
22 27 9787201112695 2017-03 Siddhartha Hermann Hesse Tianjin People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 28 9787546410166 2014-03 Think Tank (Collective Edition) Feng Menglong Chengdu Times Press
20 29 9787530217962 2018-05 Cries in the Drizzle Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
24 30 9787573503053 2023-02 Swans and Bats Keigo Higashino Nan Hai Publishing Co.

OpenBook’s Nonfiction Bestsellers, July 2023
June 2023 Ranking July 2023 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
Not Ranked 1 9787540269760 2023-07 5 Minutes Comic Worldly Wisdom Lu Ming Beijing Yanshan Publishing House
5 2 9787520723510 2021-11 Chinese Etiquette Liu Yida, Ma Haifang Orient Press
3 3 9787558063183 2019-10 Continue the Chat Wisely Lin Sicheng Jiangsu Fine Arts Press
4 4 9787557030162 2023-05 If History Were a Group of Cats: Late Yuan and Early Ming Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
6 5 9787020084357 2011-04 I and the Temple of Earth Shi Tiesheng People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 6 9787565848018 2022-12 Sentence Planet Du Zhijian Shantou University Press
7 7 9787111495482 2015-04 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi China Machine Press
Not Ranked 8 9787547264881 2020-09 Strategy Ge Xujiao Jilin Literature & History Press
Not Ranked 9 9787557669720 2019-11 Be a Calm Mom Zhou Yunwei Tianjin Science & Technology Press
Not Ranked 10 9787313283900 2023-06 The Art of Dinner Shou Shaofeng Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press
11 11 9787222204331 2021-11 Details of Law Luo Xiang Yunnan People’s Publishing House
10 12 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Tianjin People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 13 9787549629916 2019-11 Sales is to Play with EQ Wang Xiaoyi, Guan Peng Wenhui Publishing House
Not Ranked 14 9787516924570 2023-04 Cognition Awakening Li Chuntao Hualing Press
12 15 9787516826447 2020-07 Addictive Chinese History Wen Boling Taihai Publishing House
14 16 9787516826591 2020-10 Addictive Chinese History (2) Wen Boling Taihai Publishing House
Not Ranked 17 9787563950188 2017-01 Emotional Intelligence In Sales That Touches People’s Hearts Pan Hongsheng Beijing University of Technology Press
2 18 9787546431116 2022-11 Fascinating Chinese History Lu Feng Chengdu Times Press
Not Ranked 19 9787520802024 2018-05 Peace of Mind Chen Zan China Business Publishing House
Not Ranked 20 9787020116133 2016-06 Red Star Over China Edgar Snow People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 21 9787557659264 2020-07 Chinese Medicine Prescription Collection Li Chunshen Tianjin Science & Technology Press
Not Ranked 22 9787530848890 2010-01 Understand the Ways of the World Day by Day Zhang Yan Tianjin Science & Technology Press
27 23 9787511368478 2017-11 Unity of knowledge and Action: Wang Yangming’s Mind Sheng Duo China Overseas Chinese Press
18 24 9787553813875 2021-04 Ultimate Collection of Ancient Essays Chen Puqing YUELU Publishing House
Not Ranked 25 9787559656995 2021-12 Winning the Three-Year High School Critical Period Zhang Xuefeng Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
21 26 9787540483432 2017-11 Jottings in Sickbed (Commemorative Edition 2021) Shi Tiesheng Hunan Literature & Art Press
8 27 9787208171336 2021-08 In the Affair: Chinese Government and Economic Development Lan Xiaohuan Shanghai People’s Publishing House
20 28 9787557028657 2022-10 If History were a Group of Cats: Southern Song, Jin and Yuan Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
17 29 9787571315252 2021-01 Take Care of Children’s Spleen and Stomach Li Aike Jiangsu Science & Technology Press
Not Ranked 30 9787540484880 2018-01 The Gay Genius: The Life and Times of Su Tungpo Lin Yutang Hunan Literature & Art Press

OpenBook’s Children’s Bestsellers, July 2023
June 2023 Ranking July 2023 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
1 1 9787558575280 2023-06 Manga Child Psychology Bookworm Culture, Liu He The North China Women&Children’s Publishing House
21 2 9787571702649 2020-06 This is Traditional Chinese Etiquette: A Study Guide to Etiquette for Teenagers Wang Hong, Lei Zi Hebei Science & Technology Press
2 3 9787559467546 2022-09 Good Behavior: Those Little Things That My Grandparents Taught My Parents, And My Parents Taught Me Long Xiaotian, Cao Qun Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
7 4 9787552707397 2023-06 DU ZHE School Edition 10th Anniversary Essence Volume (4 volumes) DUZHE Duzhe Press Co., Ltd.
9 5 9787558336942 2023-05 Knowledge Has A Picture: Manga Chinese and Foreign History Chen Lei, Hun Zhi Team Guangdong New Century Press
8 6 9787521739077 2022-07 The Grolltroll (4 volumes) Barbara van den Speulhof CITIC Publishing House Co., Ltd.
6 7 9787110105764 2023-05 Science Comics Loved by Pupils Sunbook Popular Science Press
23 8 9787532767373 2014-08 Charlotte’s Web Elwyn Brooks White Shanghai Translation Publishing House
3 9 9787550121584 2014-12 The wanderings of Sanmao Zhang Leping Nanfang Publishing House
Not Ranked 10 9787544288590 2018-06 Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (2018 Edition) Tetsuko Kuroyanagi Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 11 9787534256301 2009-09 Dreaming of Being a Wolf King (2018 Edition) Shen Shixi Zhejiang Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 12 9787534618727 1998-07 The Straw Hut Cao Wenxuan Jiangsu Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 13 9787533299224 2018-10 Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake Tomorrow Publishing House
Not Ranked 14 9787538690668 2015-04 Brain Teasers Feng huijuan Jilin Fine Arts Press
Not Ranked 15 9787538690545 2015-04 Riddles (Painted Phonetic Version) Feng huijuan Jilin Fine Arts Press
Not Ranked 16 9787558900648 2017-07 Winter of Three Hairs (With Chinese Pinyin) Zhang Leping Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House
12 17 9787536574366 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Stratego Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
22 18 9787533264062 2010-12 Let’s Get Mung Beans, Momma! Zeng Yangqing, Wan Huaguo Tomorrow Publishing House
14 19 9787536574397 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Clever Little Prodigy Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
17 20 9787536574373 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: The Great Adventure of the Castle Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
16 21 9787536574380 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Who’s the Smart Guy? Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 22 9787549850365 2021-10 Yilin 18th Anniversary Commemorative Book (A) Editorial Office of Yilin Jilin Photography Publishing House
Not Ranked 23 9787570818648 2023-06 The Diary of Smiling Cat: Smiling Cat in the Forbidden City Yang Hongying Tomorrow Publishing House
24 24 9787536593749 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Game of the Wise Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
28 25 9787536587694 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: I am a Pupil Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
5 26 9787218146768 2022-09 Manga Elementary School Student Psychology (4 volumes) Han Tu Guangdong People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 27 9787549851287 2021-12 Yilin 18th Anniversary Commemorative Book (D) Editorial Office of Yilin Jilin Photography Publishing House
Not Ranked 28 9787549850372 2021-10 Yilin 18th Anniversary Commemorative Book (B) Editorial Office of Yilin Jilin Photography Publishing House
27 29 9787536593756 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Password Discovery Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 30 9787511054289 2021-03 Choki Choki Broccoli-san Fukuda Junko Dolphin Press

Foreign Author Fiction Bestsellers, July 2023
June 2023 Ranking July 2023 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 9787544291163 2017-08 Journey Under the Midnight Sun (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
8 3 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee United States of America Yilin Press
7 4 9787208061644 2006-04 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini United States of America Shanghai People’s Publishing House
3 5 9787201112695 2017-03 Siddhartha Hermann Hesse Germany Tianjin People’s Publishing House
4 6 9787573503053 2023-02 Swans and Bats Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
6 7 9787544269452 2021-12 Malice (2022 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
5 8 9787513350976 2023-01 Suzume no Tojimari Makoto Shinkai Japan New Star Press Co., Ltd.
12 9 9787539983295 2015-10 Foundation (Revised Edition) Isaac Asimov United States of America Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
9 10 9787544298995 2020-09 Miracles of the Namiya General Store (2020 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
19 11 9787506394864 2017-09 Sophie’s World (New Edition) Jostein Gaarder Norway The Writer’s Publishing House
13 12 9787521748239 2022-12 Goodbye, Eri Tatsuki Fujimoto Japan CITIC Publishing House Co., Ltd.
17 13 9787544291224 2017-08 After School (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
10 14 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee United States of America Yilin Press
11 15 9787544297059 2020-03 Love in the Time of Cholera (3 Million Sold Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Colombia Nan Hai Publishing Co.
14 16 9787544296274 2019-09 Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse Otsuichi Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
16 17 9787559614711 2018-01 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson Britain Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
18 18 9787530217054 2017-12 The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Brazil Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 19 9787201141527 2018-10 Strait is the Gate Andre Gide France Tianjin People’s Publishing House
20 20 9787532175512 2020-05 13 Steps Kazuaki Takano Japan Shanghai Literature & Art Press

Foreign Author Nonfiction Bestsellers, July 2023
June 2023 Ranking July 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
2 2 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Britain Tianjin People’s Publishing House
18 3 9787020116133 2016-06 Red Star Over China Edgar Snow United States of America People’s Literature Publishing House
3 4 9787544276986 2019-10 Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover United States of America Nan Hai Publishing Co.
4 5 9787555262800 2017-12 The Power of Insensitivity Junichi Watanabe Japan Qingdao Publishing House
Not Ranked 6 9787508090191 2016-12 Apology Plato Ancient Greece Huaxia Publishing House
5 7 9787801445445 2003-04 You Can Heal Your Life Louise L. Hay United States of America China Astronautic Publishing House
8 8 9787513169134 2021-12 The Master Key System: Open the Secret to Health, Wealth and Love Charles F. Haanel United States of America Kaiming Publishing House
7 9 9787550268517 2016-07 Positive Discipline (Revised Edition) Jane Nelsen United States of America Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 10 9787313285652 2023-06 How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide Peter Boghossian, James Lindsay United States of America Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press
14 11 9787108009821 1998-07 1587, a Year of No Significance Ray Huang United States of America SDX Joint Publishing Company
10 12 9787513349369 2022-09 From the Limit: Correspondence on Feminism Chizuko Ueno Japan New Star Press Co., Ltd.
13 13 9787522200514 2021-05 Nonviolent Communication Marshall B.Rosenberg United States of America Huaxia Publishing House
11 14 9787542669018 2020-06 The Memoir of Literature (1989-1994) Mu Xin, Chen Danqing United States of America Shanghai Joint Publishing Company
9 15 9787520711531 2019-11 A Compass to Fulfillment Kazuo Inamori Japan Orient Press
6 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.
15 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 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.
Not Ranked 19 9787521753059 2023-04 The Next Days Kevin Kelly United States of America CITIC Publishing House Co., Ltd.
17 20 9787521733679 2021-09 The Most Tender Upbringing: Be a Gentle but Steadfast Parent Oh Eun-young Korea 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.

At last report, OpenBook monitored more than 18,000 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 more than 4,800 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 2022, OpenBook tracked around 76.21 billion RMB in sales (US$10.62 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 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 registered through government channels. The government approves each book published in China.


More of our China bestseller reports from Publishing Perspectives are here, and more on the Chinese book publishing market is 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.