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PEN Hong Kong publishes a book to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover

Press release PEN HONG KONG PUBLISHES BOOK TO MARK 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HANDOVER — BRINGS TOGETHER CITY’S WRITERS AND ARTISTS TO DEFEND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a borrowed place (Blacksmith Books, July 2017) HONG KONG — To mark the 20th anniversary [...]

2017-07-14T01:37:55+00:00 July 14th, 2017|hong kong, new books, publishing|0 Comments

June 15: seven Hong Kong authors discuss the 20th anniversary of the handover

Come and meet seven Hong Kong authors -- Rachel Cartland, Larry Feign, Feng Chi-shun, Peter Mann, Jason Ng, Graham Reels and Guy Shirra -- as they celebrate, discuss and debate the 20 years that have passed since Hong Kong's handover to China in 1997. Thursday [...]

2017-06-14T06:05:19+00:00 June 14th, 2017|authors, events, hong kong|2 Comments

June 1: Syd Goldsmith launches his 1967 riots memoir “Hong Kong on the Brink”

Syd Goldsmith’s first taste of China’s Cultural Revolution is blood on his tongue. It’s 1967. Hong Kong is simmering, plagued by communist-led riots and strikes, crippled transport, punishing water-rationing, takeover threats from Beijing and roadside bombs. And Syd — the only Caucasian Foreign Service Officer [...]

2017-05-25T02:43:13+00:00 May 25th, 2017|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Podcast: Hong Kong on the Brink, An American Diplomat Relives 1967’s Darkest Days

Fifty years ago today, Syd Goldsmith was almost beaten to death by an angry mob in Hong Kong. On May 11, 1967, amid rumours of unrest at a factory, Syd, then a young US diplomat on his first offshore posting, was sent out into the [...]

How to Hong Kong: how our book was made

Lena Sin, one half of the team behind How to Hong Kong, tells us how their illustrated book came about... The idea for How to Hong Kong sprung from my husband’s mind, not mine. Though it would become something of an obsession for me, I [...]

2017-04-06T16:18:51+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|authors, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Ray Hecht is in Shanghai on March 24

Ray Hecht says: I’ll be in Shanghai on March 24th, at Garden Books, for a public reading from my novel South China Morning Blues. I’m very excited to be able to do this in Shanghai, the most epic city in China. Last year on my book [...]

2017-03-22T23:38:04+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|authors, china, events|0 Comments

Blacksmith Books publisher interviewed in the SCMP

I was pleased to be interviewed about local book publishing by Elaine Yau of the South China Morning Post. We held the interview in the Blacksmith office in Fo Tan and then went to the roof of the industrial building next door for a fun [...]

2017-05-12T02:47:33+00:00 March 15th, 2017|media attention, publishing|0 Comments

Hong Kong book launch: the Sheriff of Wan Chai wants to buy you a drink

In 1976, Peter Mann left a gloomy England for the last corner of the British empire: Hong Kong. As a police inspector, he commanded a sub-unit and led a district vice squad in Kowloon, before joining the colonial government’s Administrative Service and working in the [...]

2016-11-24T01:13:55+00:00 November 21st, 2016|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Book excerpt: The Best Ribs in Town, from “The Taste of Old Hong Kong”

Fred Schneiter, author of The Taste of Old Hong Kong, has many food-related tales to tell from his 30 years on the China coast… THE BEST RIBS IN TOWN One of the most momentous events in the history of Hong Kong occurred in 1984 when [...]

2016-11-24T01:13:57+00:00 October 26th, 2016|book excerpt, hong kong|0 Comments

Learn some Canto for the Mid Autumn Festival

Learn some Cantonese words for the Mid Autumn Festival, thanks to Hong Kong Unveiled! Will you be enjoying a yewt beng tonight? Mid Autumn Festival, Juung Chow Jeet, 中秋節 15th day of 8th lunar month, September An important day for family reunions. People finish work [...]

2016-11-24T01:13:58+00:00 September 15th, 2016|book excerpt, hong kong|0 Comments