Posts Tagged: hong kong

Living in the Fulcrum: A Conversation with Mary H.K. Choi

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Mary H.K. Choi discusses her debut YA novel, Emergency Contact, her versatile writing career, and writing diverse Korean-American characters.

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TORCH: My American Playground

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I left the car by the roadside and ran up the slope, in tears now, reaching the picnic tables and swings and, as bright and vivid as in my dreams, my purple-shaped climbing frame, exactly as I remembered it.

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The Rumpus Interview with Vanessa Hua

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Vanessa Hua discusses her debut collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, writing fiction in order to understand life as an American-born child of immigrants, and the importance of literary community.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Just announced today: beloved Brooklyn bookstore BookCourt is closing after 35 years in business. Independent booksellers were the focus of a panel at the Miami Book Fair—discussion focused on how big business was surprised that small business strategies could be useful in selling books. Kyoto, Japan is home to a bookstore hostel with eighteen bunks built into […]

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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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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. Hong Kong booksellers are […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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 […]

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The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Kamden Hilliard

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Survival is not always cute, politically responsible, mature, or sober. Survival is ramshackle, as is tolerance.

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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. Other big winners on the top ten list […]

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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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This Week in Indie Boosktores

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A charity bookstore in Swansea, Wales, had so many copies of Fifty Shades of Gray that the store built a fort. A Georgia store needs a superhero after more than $200,000 worth of comic books were stolen. One of the Hong Kong booksellers who disappeared last year amidst mainland China’s censorship sweep has vowed to […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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. Open Books owner John Marshal is looking to retire, […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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LAist takes readers inside Los Angeles’s iconic The Last Bookstore, a “sprawling temple” of books, and talks with owner Josh Spencer. A Hong Kong bookstore, one that hasn’t been closed by mainland China, cites bookstore cats and good music as reasons for their success. The Ripped Bodice opened this week in Los Angeles, becoming the city’s […]

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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. This, along with the disappearance […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A bookstore owner in Maine has collected a huge payday after a rare stamp sold for close to $60,000. One of the missing Hong Kong booksellers was a British citizen, and now Britain is saying this citizen was involuntarily removed to the mainland. A California bookstore is helping single book lovers find each other by selling […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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New York City’s St. Mark’s Bookshop has twice now been faced with closing over financial issues. But the store has a mysterious, rich benefactor who keeps pouring money into the shop. Despite the two lifelines, the store may close as early as Wednesday. Despite the disappearances of other booksellers, one Hong Kong bookstore owner continues […]

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China Shows Off Missing Publisher, Locates Bookseller

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For months, the owners of Causeway Bay Books in Hong Kong have been missing. One of the missing booksellers, publisher Gui Minhai, appeared on Chinese state television to confess to turning himself into Chinese authorities for an alleged twelve-year-old drunk driving incident. Another missing bookseller, Lee Bo, a British citizen, appears to be in mainland China, though […]

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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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A Paris bookseller writes about the terror attacks. Parisians, meanwhile, are responding to the terror attacks by buying up all the copies of Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. Iranian bookstores opened early on Thursday last week in a campaign to encourage reading in the country. A bookstore in Germany serves as a cultural hub for […]

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