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Blacksmith Books, Hong Kong
Newsletter December 2015
Hong Kong art: Sketches of the Southside
Sketches of the Southside: Aberdeen Harbour and Repulse Bay to Stanley Market and Shek O by Lorette RobertsHong Kong’s Southside – the glimmering stretch of coastline from Aberdeen, through Repulse Bay, Stanley and Tai Tam, to Shek O – is a weekend paradise of restaurants, markets and beaches, the destination of choice for sailors, swimmers, hikers and shoppers. These attractions are all captured by Lorette Roberts in this book but, in her familiar style, she has discovered much more.There are vignettes of the old villages, complete with traditional watchtowers, temples and scarecrows; sketches from visits to Ocean Park, two museums and a pristine marine reserve; a sampan trip around Aberdeen Harbour, and a secret tunnel to underground wine cellars. There are rugged shores and stunning mountain views; the elegant architecture of The Repulse Bay and Victorian waterworks at Tai Tam; and riotous dragonboat races at Stanley beach! Whether you are a resident or a first-time tourist, this book will introduce you to new and delightful aspects of the Southside.
Hong Kong short stories: Kitchen Tiles
Kitchen Tiles: A Collection of Salty, Wet Stories from the Bar-Rooms of Hong Kong by Feng Chi-shunThe Cantonese call anyone lecherous, and anything salacious, harm sup — literally salty and wet. And the code word for all things harm sup is “kitchen tiles.” Anyone who has stepped into a Chinese kitchen knows it is like a war zone, with broth and condiments spilt all over the place; hence the tiles are deemed salty and wet.Kitchen Tiles looks at the lascivious aspects of Hong Kong society. These 50 stories of gamblers, drinkers, masseuses and millionaires are based on the real-life experiences of Feng Chi-shun, author of Diamond Hill. Names and circumstances may have been changed, but the sentiment and spirit remain authentically Hong Kong.
Look inside this book! Click on the link to read pages from Kitchen Tiles. You will need a pdf reader to view these excerpts. Contents
Hong Kong’s occupy movement in detail: Umbrellas in Bloom
Umbrellas in Bloom: Hong Kong’s occupy movement uncovered by Jason Y. Ng with illustrations by Daniel Ng and forewords by Joshua Wong and Chip TsaoThe Umbrella Movement put Hong Kong on the world map and elevated this docile, money-minded Asian island to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book available in English to chronicle this history-making event, written by a bestselling author and columnist based on his firsthand account at the main protest sites.Jason Y. Ng takes a no-holds-barred, fly-on-the-wall approach to covering politics. His latest offering steps through the 79-day struggle, from the firing of the first shot of tear gas by riot police to the evacuation of the last protester from the downtown encampments. It is all you need to know about the occupy movement: who took part in it, why it happened, how it transpired, and what it did and did not achieve.
Together with HONG KONG State of Mind (2010) and No City for Slow Men (2013), Umbrellas in Bloom forms a Hong Kong trilogy that traces the city’s sociopolitical development since its return to Chinese rule.
Available late December
Hong Kong book launch party, tonight: Paul’s Records
This event is free and open to the public. Facebook event link here.
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Pete Spurrier, Publisher
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