The embattled Hong Kong International Literary Festival had a resurgence this year, underscoring cross-cultural connections between Asia and the West.
Ten-year-old Chinese bookstore chain The Bookworm, founded by two expats, has become a go-to-destination in Asia, having hosted 3,000 touring authors.
China’s The Bookworm bookstore has launched a lit mag, a new writer’s prize, and will begin publishing English translations of new Chinese novels next year.
Heywood Hill bookstore in London has come up with a novel approach to sell books – it has appointed its first bookseller-at-large in Asia.
Singapore-based Page One’s new bookstore concept in Hong Kong started by looking at what readers loved in books and building from there, says CEO Mark Tan.
The Hong Kong Book Fair, now in its 25th year, remains firmly focused on the Chinese-language titles, but has begun to add professional elements and global authors.
Susan Barker’s new novel, The Incarnations, uses the device of reincarnation to capture snapshots of moments in China’s long history through a single man.
Chinese novelist Chan Koonchung says he writes for ‘his Beijing friends’ though they can’t buy his books. Here, he discusses censorship, Tibet and his new work.
Asia is an important growth market for Britain’s second largest publisher, Hachette UK. Sales in the region have grown faster than European markets, says Hachette UK’s Group CEO.
Tokyo’s Discover 21 publishing house, now launching in New York, has published a string of bestsellers at home by asking authors to address real-world issues with originality.
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