Recent international literary awards have shown the world a different side of China. In 2012, Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for literature and in August 2015 Liu Cixin won theHugo Award for his science novel The Three-Body Problem. The latter has become so popular that the venue for his speech "The Future of ChinaThrough Chinese Science Fiction" at the University of Sydney on Nov 3 has had to be movedto a larger auditorium. However, in China, literary awards have become the subject of an anti-corruption drive. (more…)
Beijingers read nine books on average in 2014, up 17.13 percentage points from 2013, according to a survey released on Friday by the municipal bureau of press, publication, radio, film and television. According to the survey, 91.16 percent of Beijing residents said they read in 2014, above thenational average of 78.6 percent. Health, literature and news were the top three preferredreading categories for residents of the capital. Read More
Last year, Jin Yucheng's Fan Hua (Blooming flowers) was taken to Salon Du Livre, France'slargest book fair, along with other contemporary Chinese literary works such as Bi Feiyu's Subei Youth "Don Quixote". The two books attracted the attention of Editions Philippe Picquier, a French publisher thatspecializes in translating books from China, Japan, South Korea, India, Vietnam and othercountries in Asia. This publisher reportedly purchased the copyright for Subei Youth "DonQuixote", a nonfiction work about the writer's childhood in East China's Jiangsu province, for130,000 euros ($143,000). (more…)
Of all the foreign influences in Vietnam, there is plenty of evidence that Chinese culture isamong the strongest. Many of the major bookstores in Hanoi, for example, display their selection of translatedChinese literature in the most coveted, high-profile spots. The study of the Chinese languageis increasing, courses at Vietnamese colleges are crowded with students and almost alluniversities have established Chinese faculties. Additionally, Chinese language contests areswamped with hundreds of competitors, and thousands of Vietnamese students takeexchange trips to China each year. (more…)
Mah and Me, published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP), has won Best Story from the Arab World’s premier children’s...