Archive for January, 2013

A Yi makes Asymptote’s Sinophone “20 under 40” list

Asymptote, an online journal of literature from around the globe, will be celebrating its second anniversary at The Bookworm next Thursday in a special event on “Chinese Literature in Translation” with Pathlight magazine. The journal’s editors have compiled a Sinophone “20 Under 40” list profiling twenty of the most promising young authors in the Chinese-speaking world. On the list: A Yi, […]

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Louisa Lim on Officialdom Literature

In most countries, bureaucracy is synonymous with boredom, stolidity wrapped up in a too-tight tie, but in China, it’s the stuff bestsellers are made of. For years now, a slew of books written about and often by Chinese bureaucrats have climbed into the bestseller lists, including BLF 2013 author Wang Xiaofang’s Civil Servant’s Notebook, which is the first […]

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How I write: Lionel Shriver

Last year, in honor of it’s How to Write a Book in 30 Days supplement, The Guardian newspaper asked several well known novelists to reveal “the minutiae of their daily routines.” Among the novelists who participated: Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin, The New Republic, So Much For That, Big Brother), who opens BLF 2013 on March […]

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Drumroll please…Cover Reveal with Mitch Moxley

Freelance journalist Mitch Moxley has written for, among others, The Atlantic, the Huffington Post, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail and CNN Travel. He will be leading a workshop for budding journalists on how to pitch stories, work with editors and how make things work as a pen-for-hire. Moxley’s first book, which chronicles […]

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Take Five: Chad Harbach and The Art of Fielding

Get excited! Chad Harbach, the author of the acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding (editor’s note: I stayed up until 3am the night before a Chinese midterm to finish this book; it’s that good, my test score was not) and founder of literary magazine n+1, will be landing in Beijing this March to talk about writing, baseball, Moby Dick, […]

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How I write: Lionel Shriver

Last year, in honor of it’s How to Write a Book in 30 Days supplement, The Guardian newspaper asked several well known novelists to reveal “the minutiae of their daily routines.” Among the novelists who participated: Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin, The New Republic, So Much For That, Big Brother), who opens […]

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Take Five: Chad Harbach and The Art of Fielding

Get excited! Chad Harbach, the author of the acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding (editor’s note: I stayed up until 3am the night before a Chinese midterm to finish this book; it’s that good, my test score was not) and founder of literary magazine n+1, will be landing in Beijing this March to talk about […]

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Drumroll please…Cover Reveal with Mitch Moxley

Freelance journalist Mitch Moxley has written for, among others, The Atlantic, the Huffington Post, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail and CNN Travel. He will be leading a workshop for budding journalists on how to pitch stories, work with editors and how make things work as a pen-for-hire. Moxley’s first book, which chronicles […]

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BLF 213: Speakers Announced

The BLF 2013 program includes booktalks, panel discussions, writing workshops and performances with 80 speakers from 19 countries. Our full program goes live Friday, January 25th but check out our line-up of dazzling speakers now, featuring bestselling writers, brilliant debut novelists, China experts, journalists, illustrators, performers, poets and more! Plus, we launch two exciting series of events: Future Perfect and Big Ideas.  Early Bird Tickets go on sale Friday, […]

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Louisa Lim on Officialdom Literature

In most countries, bureaucracy is synonymous with boredom, stolidity wrapped up in a too-tight tie, but in China, it’s the stuff bestsellers are made of. For years now, a slew of books written about and often by Chinese bureaucrats have climbed into the bestseller lists, including BLF 2013 author Wang Xiaofang’s Civil Servant’s Notebook, which is the first of […]

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