Posts Tagged: China

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Mandarin Imperial

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Growing up, I understood my father through observation, and I suspect that he understood me much the same way. I liked to think our love was purer that way. Like two stray dogs who found each other and are blessed enough to just get along. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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London bookstores are turning off Wi-Fi access, hoping to keep buyers focused on books rather than the net.

African-American bookstore Marcus Books is returning to the Fillmore District in San Francisco after being forced out of its previous home of three decades over rising rents.

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Podcatcher #4: Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

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Jonathan Van Ness discusses his podcast, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, fierceness, curiosity, and hairstyles. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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If you want to work at The Strand, you first have to pass a literature test. But don’t worry, if you’re among the dozens of applicants that fail, you still can play Pokémon.

Glad Day Bookshop, the oldest bookstore in Toronto, Canada and the longest-surviving LGBT bookstore in the world, needs some help.

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Texas book publisher Deep Vellum Books has found a partner to keep the publisher’s bookstore operational and now plans a grand opening for the store, a year after soft opening.

The Lit Bar will become Bronx, New York’s first independent bookstore and offer wine and cocktails too.

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Rhino Girl

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But these were not men, she realized. They were a cackle of spotted hyena, bright-toothed in the dark, and they were laughing at her. ...more

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One of the missing Hong Kong booksellers has been returned, and gave a speech warning about the power of China’s central government and the waning independence of Hong Kong.

Tiny, the cat that lives in Brooklyn’s Community Bookstore, had a big adventure in the city—he disappeared, causing panic among the store’s employees, before deciding to return.

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Livraria Folha Seca in Rio de Janeiro was told that a sign about two-time medalist Adhemar Ferreira Silva, who passed away in 2001, violated the Olympic Committee’s advertising policies.

Reuters attempts to answer why millennials love buying books.

Inmates from Two Bridges Jail are helping the Wiscasset, Maine public library build bookshelves for a used bookstore.

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A bookstore designed to feel like a spaceship has opened in Hangzhou, China.

Romance-novel bookstore Ripped Bodice in Los Angeles has gotten a little funnier by adding live comedy shows.

Author Judy Blume has found a new career as a bookseller.

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The Rumpus Interview with Brendan Jones

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Brendan Jones talks about his debut novel, The Alaskan Laundry, living in Alaska, his time as a Wallace Stegner Fellow, and living and loving what you write. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Independent bookstores are thriving because many are adapting technology and learning how to better serve their local community.

A stunning new bookstore has opened in eastern China with dazzling displays and whimsical architecture.

Bookstores in Barcelona are adapting as Spain deals with a shrinking economy.

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All About Banned Books

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Americans love banning books, and the winners of this year’s most banned books have been announced by the American Library Association. John Green’s young adult novel Looking for Alaska takes the top spot, keeping Green in the top ten. He was joined this year by the Bible.

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Beijing’s censorship crackdown on bookstores is being extended to Hong Kong’s airport.

India Today looks at six must-see bookstores from across India.

Take a look inside 2nd & Charles, the rapidly expanding used bookstore from Books-A-Million.

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A Buffalo bookstore owner was the target of an FBI investigation for more than two years, and now he wants to know why.

Can independent bookstores survive in the state that gave us Antonin Scalia and Tony Soprano?

San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood will not, after all, be a bookstore-free zone.

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Famed Indian bookseller Ram Advani has passed away at the age of 95. He had planned to continue visiting his shops until was 99.

Elton John has a favorite Los Angeles bookstore: Book Soup.

Seattle’s only bookstore dedicated to poetry is looking for a new owner.

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China Bans Foreigners from Publishing Online

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China has issued a ban on foreign-owned media from publishing online within the nation. Global news agencies like Reuters, Dow Jones, the New York Times, and Bloomberg have invested considerable sums in building bureaus in the country. The foreign media ban is another step in reversing the nation’s loosening of censorship laws.

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If you ever wanted to own one of the nation’s oldest bookstores, now’s your chance. Otto Bookstore in Williamsport, Pennsylvania has been operating since 1841, but the 81-year-old proprietor is in the market to sell.

The Oregonian names Portland’s 10 best bookstores, and world-famous Powell’s didn’t make the cut.

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Writers Versus Censorship and Repression

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For the Guardian, Sian Cain reports on recent efforts from high-profile writers to push China to release Nobel Laureate and poet Liu Xiaobo from prison. According to Cain, Xiaobo was detained for “inciting subversion of state power,” and his supporters, including Margaret Atwood and Ian Rankin, hope he will be released by the seventh anniversary of his arrest.

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Bookstores in Mumbai, India are losing customers from institutional sales as large buyers turn directly to suppliers, and though 700 existing retailers exist in the city, the last few years have no seen new stores open.

A Syrian couple has opened an Arabic-language bookstore in Istanbul hoping to change cultural perceptions.

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To celebrate Small Business Saturday, President Obama shopped at Upshur Street Books in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington DC.

Magers & Quinn, an independent Minneapolis bookseller, has been open on Thanksgiving for the last thirteen years—mostly to provide employees without family in the area a place to be during the holiday.

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Neil Gaiman Versus China

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The Guardian reports that Neil Gaiman has added his name to a letter urging China’s president Xi Jinping to release dissident writers “languishing in jail for the crime of expressing their opinions.” In addition to Gaiman, several other famed authors, including Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Eagan, have contributed to the effort, calling for “immediate steps to defend and protect the rights of all Chinese citizens to communicate and access information freely.”

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The Rumpus Interview with Susan Barker

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Susan Barker discusses her third novel, The Incarnations, writing dialogue in a second language, the Opium Wars and Chinese history, and the years of research that went into her book. ...more

Meet the Oldest Multicolor Printed Book

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At Hyperallergic, Allison Meier offers a history of the oldest multicolor printed book, recently digitized and published online by the Cambridge University Library system.

The manual [the 17th-century Manual of Calligraphy and Painting (Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu)] is the earliest known book with polychrome xylography, where each image involved several printing blocks with different colors of inks, giving the completed print the appearance of having been painted by hand.

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