Category Archives: Publications

PEN-supported translations – a match for English language titles

English PEN has published an evaluation of its first grant-giving programme, PEN Promotes, which has supported literary translation since 2005 Continue reading

Porter Anderson: Frankfurt Book Fair Notes: Attendance Figures, Emcke’s Peace Prize


Trade visitors in Hall 6 at Frankfurt Book Fair Friday (October 21) near the Publishing Perspectives office. Image: Frankfurter Buchmesse, Mark Jacquemin

As Frankfurt Book Fair’s press officers report a slight increase in trade-visitor attendance this year, the German trade gives Carolin Emcke its 2016 peace prize. Continue reading

Exiled Chinese Writer’s New Novel Penned in Secret While in Prison


Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu (aka Lao Wei) during the promotion of his book “In the Empire of Darkness,” a testimony of four years spent in Chinese prisons, in Paris, Jan.16, 2013. AFP

Exiled Chinese writer Liao Yiwu, who was once jailed for writing a poem commemorating the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, has published a novel in German based on a harrowing prison memoir penned on cheap paper during four years behind bars. Continue reading

RFA e-book by Han Dongfang uncovers ‘dark side of China’s economic rise,’ proposes a way out

Radio Free Asia (RFA) published an e-book today that highlights the struggles and challenges faced by China’s workers during the country’s dramatic economic rise. “China’s Workers Wronged,” available for a free download on RFA’s website, is based on 88 interviews with Chinese workers conducted in recent years by China Labor Bulletin Executive Director Han Dongfang for RFA. Continue reading

The politics of a martial arts book fair in Hong Kong

Political books on display at the Hong Kong book fair

Political books on display at the Hong Kong book fair, including Mao: The Untold Story, and Gao Zhisheng’s book Stand Up China 2017 (below left)

A book fair in a convention centre in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district. Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: China’s “State Terrorism” Against Dissent

Gui Minghai’s books are widely distributed in Hong Kong

Gui Minghai’s books are widely distributed in Hong Kong. Image via: Wikimedia Commons.

A controversial author and publisher has been abducted by Chinese authorities in an act of state-sponsored terrorism intended to intimidate dissenting voices. Continue reading

China Publisher Withdraws Vulgar Translation Of Rabindranath Tagore’s Poetry


Zhejiang Wenyi Publishing House, the publisher of the translation, announced that it would pull the books off bookshelves and websites, and recall the sold ones. (Photo: Rabindranath Tagore)

Beijing:  A publisher in China hurriedly withdrew a Chinese translation of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s “Stray Birds,” after facing flak from literary critics who termed the racy translation of the classic as “blasphemy” and “cultural terrorism”. Continue reading

Actor Ha back with film adaptation of Chinese novel

16-01(380)Actor Ha Jung-woo, second from left in the front row, and actress Ha Ji-won, to his left, in a scene from “Chronicle of a Blood Merchant”

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By Baek Byung-yeul

While Korea’s box office is occupied by heart-warming films like Continue reading