IPA Freedom to Publish Chair on China

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

On Wednesday at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Norwegian publisher Bjorn Smith-Simonsen, in his capacity as chair of the International Publishers Association’s Freedom to Publish Committee, suggested that one of the first potential steps toward resolving the issue of censorship in China was to encourage the Publishers Association of China [PAC] to join the IPA: “They [PAC] could eventually become a …

Letter from the Editor: Chinese Fireworks

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Perspectives We’ve all been waiting for the fireworks to start, but so far no one has lit a fuse. As a journalist looking for the big story, the question casting a long shadow over the Fair is what effect the co-mingling of official and “unofficial” Chinese delegations would have on the Fair. Would dissidents shout …

Paper Republic Catalogue Showcases Independent Chinese Writers

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post With China the Guest of Honor this year, there’s a mountain of information available about Chinese authors and publishers circulating through the Fair But one of the most interesting publications this year has to be the catalog of six independent writers produced by the website Paper Republic (http://paper-republic.org) complete with long—30+ pages—sample translations. Paper Republic was …

China, Digitization Issues Set Agenda for Book Fair

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “The book fair can, may, and must be a lot of things, but it must never be boring,” said Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos on Tuesday morning as part of the fair’s opening press conference. With 400,000 books and 180,000 trade visitors from more than 100 countries on display at the Fair, there is surely something …

Frankfurt Preview: Director Juergen Boos Discusses Economy, Rights, China

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “If you’re talking about an economic crisis, then you have to talk about an economic crisis hitting American and UK publishers alone,” said Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos on the eve of the opening of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. “Latin America has already come back from its economic crisis, which it experienced ten years ago, …

Bonus Material: Li Jiwei on His “Book Mountain” for the Frankfurt Book Fair

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Artist Li Jiwei’s “Book Mountain” is the artistic centerpiece of the official Chinese exhibit at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. The installation takes the form of a giant sheet of paper that undulates over a “river of books” incorporating 10,000 volumes. Surrounding the exhibit is a display that traces more than 2,000 years of Chinese writing, from …

Bonus Material: Harvard to Digitize 51,000 Rare Chinese Manuscripts

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Harvard University and the National of Library of China signed a multi-million dollar partnership deal on Friday to digitize 51,000 volumes of rare Chinese manuscripts. The works will be drawn from the Harvard-Yenching Library, a collection formed by Alfred Kai-ming Chiu starting from the 1920. The six-year project will be done in two three-year phases. The first …

German Buch News: Dissident Ai Weiwei to Miss Frankfrurt; Looking at Pausanio.de

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that Chinese dissident artist and architect Ai Weiwei has decided not to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair for health reasons. Ai has been recovering in a Munich hospital from surgery to treat a brain injury which has been attributed to a beating he received in August from state police in Sichuan while reporting …

Bringing Asia to France

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije ARLES: “Asia is vast enough to be our only concern” is the motto of Editions Philippe Picquier, the French publishing house based in Arles, France. With more than 800 titles in their catalogue, the Editions Philippe Picquier has been publishing material ranging from classical and modern literature to detective stories and children’s books by Chinese, Japanese, Korean …

Bonus Material: Working with Chinese Publishers

In Discussion by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Establishing contacts with Chinese publishers can seem daunting, but Chen Feng of Editions Philippe Picquier says all publishers have at least one in-house person who speaks English and can deal with requests from abroad. Among the better-known publishers she suggests: Guangxi Normal University Press, Beijing BBT No. 26, Xinghua Dongli Hepingli Dongcheng District 100013 Beijing Contact: M. Jie Zhiyong …