Culture / Books

Novelists enjoying prime time

[2011-06-01 10:31]

The shift from collective consciousness to an increasingly personal perception of life characterizes the general trajectory of the past 30 years of Chinese literature.

The write stuff

[2011-06-01 10:28]

The image of a long queue outside the small campus bookstore lingers in the memory of writer Zhao Lihong. He was a student at Shanghai-based East China Normal University from 1977 to 1981 and Chinese literature was his major. "Students and faculty would line up each morning for new books, even before the bookstore started business," Zhao, 60, recalls. "Books were always in short supply."

Boost for writing by Asians for Asians

[2011-05-20 10:43]

Although much has been written in the Western media about the rise of Asia, editors of the newly re-launched Asian Review of Books (ARB) believe there is a dearth of long-form journalism about the region written for and by Asians.

Portraits of Cixi

[2011-05-06 17:28]

Two books about the Empress Dowager cast new light on the iconic ruler and controversial historical figure.

Keeping all eyes on the big picture

[2011-04-29 10:04]

The only crime of expat life is to set one's sights too low, says Alan Paul whose book Big in China is now eyeing the silver screen.

Peering from the shadows

[2011-04-22 09:56]

A writer of "new realism", Fang Fang's fiction is distinguished by a direct and fierce confrontation with reality.

60s celebrity culture from a dog's point of view

[2011-04-22 09:53]

Andrew O'Hagan slipped into the role of the famed American art dealer, Leo Castelli, quite effortlessly at the Bookworm International Literary Festival in March.

The first Chinese to gamble on Wild West

[2011-04-15 14:23]

The world of early Chinese immigrants in the United States was one of gold, greed and exclusion. A new book tells it like it was. Kelly Chung Dawson reports.

Writer with a penchant for flawed characters

[2011-04-15 14:06]

Thomas Keneally, author of the book on which Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning Schindler's List was based, once asked the famed director for a minor role in the movie, but was turned down.

Emmy Rossum dating co-star

[2011-04-11 15:30]

Emmy Rossum who stars in the US version of the hit UK TV show has been on several dates with Tyler Jacob Moore and while friends say it is not serious at the moment, she is having lots of fun.

Buying into romance of Chinese literature

[2011-04-11 14:31]

Chi Li is one of the country's best-known writers in the West and is about to publish a new book that focuses on Chinese men, a major theme of her writing.

Room with a view of parental psychodrama

[2011-04-11 14:30]

Years from now, Finn Donoghue-Roulston might look back on the day when he, a 5-year-old, was rolled up inside a carpet, and say, "Wow, I was useful in making mummy's bestseller."

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