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Announcing: Winners of the Inaugural China Bookworm Literary Award :: 老书虫文学奖获奖名单揭晓

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Wang Zhezhu, winner of the inaugural China Bookworm Literary Award

BEIJING – The China Bookworm Press is delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural China Bookworm Literary Award, with the first prize going to 34-year-old Guangzhou native Wang Zhezhu for her novel The Train That Came To Its End.

The runner-up is Li Ziyue with I Am in the Red Chamber, You Are on the Journey to the West, with third prize going to Lin Weipan’s When a Cloud Meets a Sheet of Paper.

Wang Zheshu’s winning submission tells of a doomed train and the passengers onboard – their life stories, their thoughts and feelings, and the different ways they cope with the disaster that awaits them.

In their assessment the jury said Wang was “a keen observer of the inner world of her characters who, in many ways, are representative of present-day Chinese … she paints the many slices of Chinese life with delicate strokes – the mixed emotions and dilemmas of the Chinese people, and ultimately, what it means to live in today’s complex Chinese society. The novel is not only well-crafted, but also exudes the kind of quiet warmth and wisdom that clearly comes from Wang’s sympathy and deep love for her characters. This is a small gem in today’s Chinese literature.”

Wang has previously published a short story collection and a novel, and her work has appeared in the anthology Best Chinese Novellas as well as leading literary journals in China.

The China Bookworm Literary Award was initiated in January 2015 to select a previously unpublished novel by a mainland Chinese writer. Entries for the award came from both published and unpublished writers across the country and covered a broad range of topics and styles. The judging panel for the award was made up of three distinguished literary figures – Guo Xiaolu (A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, I Am China), Karen Ma (Excess Baggage) and Eric Abrahamsen (Pathlight Magazine) – all of whom have worked with both Chinese- and English-language literature, as well as literary translations.

In second place, Li Ziyue’s I Am in the Red Chamber, You are on the Journey to the West, is “a biting satire” about a migrant worker who receives a letter supposedly written by a relative and former Nationalist official promising great fortune. Unfortunately, he loses the letter, which sets forth a series of events that will take him from the city to his hometown and back to the city again. Li’s story is “a critical commentary on the great social divide between rural and urban China and the many social ills such as greed, wanton desire and mercantilism that have plagued much of the society today. This tale has a lot of heart and is a story well worth telling.”

Based in Nanjing, Li Ziyue was born in the ’80s and is a director who has previously published novels, novellas and short stories.

Lin Weipan’s submission When A Cloud Meets A Sheet of Paper is a “refreshing and whimsical” tale about two boys in the countryside, a story that “contains rich language, intense monologues and elements of magical realism and streams of consciousness.” A copywriter from Fujian, Lin has published widely in literary journals in China.

The Bookworm and the China Bookworm Press heartily congratulate the winners of the 2015 Bookworm Literary Award and will publish in English translation the first and second prize novels in early 2016. The three winners will also receive cash prizes of 5,000 RMB, 2,500 RMB and 1,000 RMB, respectively.

Li Ziyue






老书虫文学奖于2015年1月创立,该奖每年选出一部中国大陆作家未经发表的长篇小说,翻译成英文并由老书虫出版社出版。本次文学奖的参赛作品来自全国各地,参赛者既有曾出版过作品的专业作家,也有从未出版过的新作家,作品的风格和主题范围极广。文学奖最终评审团由三位杰出的作家和翻译家组成——Guo Xiaolu 郭小橹,《A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers》, 《I Am China》,Karen Ma《Excess Baggage》及 Eric Abrahamsen《路灯》杂志 ——他们中每一位都在中文文学,英文文学和文学翻译上有相当的造诣和丰富的经验。




老书虫和旗下出版社热烈祝贺2015年老书虫文学奖的所有获奖者,并将在2016年出版获得一等奖和二等奖的作品。一,二,三等奖作者还将分别获得 5000元,2500元,和1000元人民币的奖励。

Lin Weipan

About China Bookworm Press

The China Bookworm Press, part of the Bookworm group, was founded in early 2015 as an independent publisher of contemporary writing from and about China.



About The Bookworm

The Bookworm is a bookshop, library, bar/cafe and events space with venues in Beijing, Chengdu and Suzhou. Every March it hosts the Bookworm Literary Festival.



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