Article in Poets & Writers

December 23, 2006 | 4

I have an article in the newest issue of Poets & Writers. It’s about the publishing industry’s recent interest in doing business in China and in bringing Chinese writers to the rest of the world.

Not unlike European explorers five hundred years ago, the U.S. publishing industry is looking for a route to China. And, like those explorers, each company seems to be setting a different course. HarperCollins recently partnered with a Chinese publisher and plans to release new and classic Chinese books in English translation in the United States, the U.K., and China. Penguin has also secured a local publishing partner and is already offering Chinese readers ten of its Penguin Classics in Mandarin – and it has an open-ended plan to bring out more. At the same time, Penguin has stepped up its efforts to release more Chinese literature in translation in Western markets. Macmillan, meanwhile, has started a new publishing division, Picador Asia, based in Hong Kong.

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.

4 comments:

  1. you hear about china so much lately in terms of business and industry expansion, i didn't realize publishing was also looking at that market.

  2. I didn't make the connection either! Interesting article though; can't wait for more books from China in translation, although it'll mean I get lazier about reading in Chinese. And I'm definitely interested to know how the new translations of Western classics are received in China.

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