Sunday 31 January 2016

Thursday 28 January 2016

Indie spotlight: book awards as part of a marketing strategy

Indie spotlight is our monthly column on self-publishing. This month our regular columnist, Siobhan Daiko, looks at awards for which indie authors are eligible. This ties in nicely with the poll Asian Books Blog is currently running, to find the book of the Lunar Year, and which pits indie authors up against traditionally published ones.  If you haven’t yet voted, you can find details of the shortlist, and instructions on how to vote, by clicking hereBut now: over to Siobhan…

Sunday 24 January 2016

Thursday 21 January 2016

Weekly blog for UK Telegraph

You may be interested in my weekly blog about life in Singapore, for the UK Telegraph. If so, click here. This week it's on trying to track down a sculpture allegedly floating over the Singapore River...

Lion City Lit: Tom Benner

Asian Books Blog is based in Singapore. Lion City Lit explores what’s going on in the City-State, lit-wise. Here journalist Tom Benner explains why it’s a wonderful source of stories…

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Authors in the UK

Authors in the UK are currently up-in-arms about the fact that, very often, everybody at a literary festival but them gets paid: the caterers; the cleaners; the organisers...For comment from the UK-based Society of Authors see here.

Booksellers disappear in Hong Kong

As even the least likely probable reader of this blog must surely be aware there have been some worrying disappearances of booksellers in Hong Kong recently. For a statement of concern from the European and International Booksellers Federation see here.

This week in Asian Review of Books

See the Asian Review of Books for ever-interesting discussion. Here are links to its newest reviews, excerpts, letters, essays, listings, translations, news items, and round ups:

Sunday 17 January 2016

Thursday 14 January 2016

Just quickly...

You may be interested in one or other of these pieces, which I've had published this week:

Review of Little Aunt Crane by Geling Yan / Yan Geling for Asian Review of Books

Interview with Elisabeth Koch, a milliner in Beijing, for the UK Telegraph

My weekly blog about life in Singapore for the UK Telegraph

500 words from Ann Bennett

500 words a series of guest posts from authors writing about Asia, and published by Asia-based, or Asia-focussed, publishing houses, in which they talk about their latest books. Here Ann Bennett writes about Bamboo Island, the second book in her World War II South East Asian trilogy.  Last year, in the Year of the Horse, the first book, Bamboo Heart, won the inaugural Asian Books Blog Book of the Lunar New Year. The trilogy is published by Monsoon, a company specialising in books that open windows onto South East Asian history.

So: over to Ann…

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Catch-up: Asian Review of Books

Asian Review of Books kept up the flow of interesting material whilst Asian Books Blog was closed for Christmas and the Western New Year. Here are links to three weeks' worth of reviews, excerpts, letters, essays, listings, translations, news items, and round ups. 

Tuesday 12 January 2016

The Asian Books Blog Book of the Lunar Year

Asian Books Blog runs its own literary award: The Asian Books Blog Book of the Lunar Year. The winner, for the Year of the Ram / Goat, now drawing to a close, will be announced on February 7, Chinese New Year’s Eve for the upcoming Year of the Monkey.