Archive for July, 2013

Who made the cut? 2013 Man Booker longlist announced

Congrats to Tash Aw and all the other finalists!
Five Star Billionaire Tash Aw (Fourth Estate)
We Need New Names NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus)
The Luminaries Eleanor Catton (Granta)
Harvest Jim Crace (Picador)
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman Eve Harris (Sandstone Press)
The Kills Richard House (Picador)
The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury)
Unexploded Alison MacLeod ( Hamish Hamilton)
TransAtlantic Colum McCann (Bloomsbury)
Almost English Charlotte Mendelson (Mantle)
A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
The Spinning Heart Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland)
The Testament of Mary Colm Tóibín (Viking)


Lit Links! Royal babies, Pasta and Book Covers

What’s catching our attention on the Internet? Royal babies, book covers and pasta.
1. Born today – not just a royal baby but also an entire children’s book category.
2. Selling Chinese literature abroad tough abroad abroad.
3. On the Noodle Road author Jen Lin-Liu talks pasta, Marco Polo and the Silk Road.
4. McSweeney’s explains how to use storytelling to market your product.
5. An insider’s guide to the book covers.

New Membership Rewards

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Summer Reading Recommendations

For our second round of summer reading recommendations, Kristen Lum of
Kristen is:
Currently reading-
The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformedby Michael MeyerNext Up-
  • Born to Run, A Hidden Tribe – Superathletes & the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (as inspiration for my half marathon run in Inner Mongolia)
  • Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart (2nd of 4 books)
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  • Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
A little ambitious and quite a lot to keep me a busy bookworm this summer.

Summer Reading Recommendations: Pathlight Team

What better way to brave the heat than to curl up in a shady spot with a good book and a tall, dewy glass of something cold? This summer, we’re asking some of our favorite people about town to share what’s on their list. Check back every Friday for new recommendations.

First up, the wonderful team over at Pathlight, the magazine for new Chinese fiction in translation. (See details for a panel with Pathlight editors at end of post)

Eric Abrahamsen

I’ve got my eye on 马原’s [Ma Yuan] new novel 《纠缠》, though frankly I don’t expect all that much of it. Also there’s a Shanghai writer we heard about recently that Alice has read and liked, though I can’t remember her name, Alice will know [editor’s note: Alice did in fact know, see below for name and title]. Another Shanghai writer I want to read is 周嘉宁 [Zhou Jia Ning], one of the editors of 鲤 [Li], Zhang Yueran’s novel. I don’t know which title to choose yet, but will be picking something.

Alice Xin Liu

I’m reading The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
A whole slew of Chinese novels, none of which I’d like to give away right now, because I’m reading them for translation interest.
Oh, Blossoms by Jin Yucheng (Chinese: 繁花 by 金宇澄) is the Chinese novel Eric is referring to. It sets to be a great read.


Canaan Morse

Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the New Millennium

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
David Markson, Reader’s Block
Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney, editors, The Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry

Pathlight presents “The Future” – a discussion with Chen Qiufan, Hao Jingfang and the editors of Pathlight

Tuesday, July 16 7:30pm


Pathlight is a magazine of Chinese fiction and poetry in English translation. The Spring 2013 edition is themed around “The Future”: stories about the future of China, the future of technology, and the future of individual lives. Joins us as we discuss the issue with some of the editors of Pathlight as well as writers Chen Qiufan and Hao Jingfang.

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