Posts Tagged: Beijing

We’re All Unreliable Narrators: Talking with R.O. Kwon

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R.O. Kwon discusses her debut novel, THE INCENDIARIES.

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Identity Theft

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In the past year, the writing process has become, for me, a way to navigate between the present and the past, between what I have access to and what I will never know.

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 7): “Facing It”

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There should be no forgetting, much less forgiveness, of what happened during the Vietnam War.

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Fitting Characters and Scripts

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Unwittingly, my mother teaches me in this conversation her generation’s word for gay: 同性恋. I look it up in an online dictionary, three characters in my mother’s tongue. Same, sex, and love.

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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. While Beijing has been shutting down Hong Kong bookstores, mainland […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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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The Missing Hong Kong Booksellers: A Rumpus Roundup

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Hong Kong functions as a semi-autonomous city-state, a condition imposed when the United Kingdom ceded control to Beijing. Hong Kong’s special status has allowed its independent bookstores to sell two kinds of books banned in mainland China: political books and smut. But late last year, four associates of Causeway Bay Books, an independent bookseller specializing […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Lohvinau House of Literature in Belarus will be one of the few shops one can buy Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich’s books in her native country. Her books are hard to find because Alexievich has been critical of the authoritarian government. Books aren’t outright censored in Belarus, but Lovhinau faces fines for distributing books that haven’t been […]

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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.

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A Subway Library

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Beijing’s subway system is adding a new amenity: a library. The ultra-modern system already has underground wi-fi, but will now also include QR codes to free e-books. The books in the M Subway Library are curated by the National Library of China. Of 70,000 possible books, the librarians choose 10 that are thematically related. The […]

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