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8 November 2017

November 15: Book launch for The Tiger Hunters of Tai O and The Green Phoenix

2017-11-08T06:54:31+00:00 November 8th, 2017|authors, events, hong kong|0 Comments

Join us for the sixth edition of "Meet the Authors" at Bookazine! Don't miss the chance to talk to two great writers: John Saeki, author of a colourful and alternative portrait of Hong Kong in the 1950s, The Tiger Hunters of Tai O; and Alice Poon, author of a historical novel about Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, The Green Phoenix. When: Wednesday [...]

8 November 2017

Book talk, November 9: Pot-shots at the Hong Kong Police

2017-11-08T15:38:20+00:00 November 8th, 2017|authors, events, hong kong|0 Comments

Under-resourced and ill-prepared, three constables at the squalid Police Station on Cheung Chau stood no chance against a ruthless pirate gang in 1912. Five more policemen lost their lives in a bloodbath in Wan Chai that might have been averted. But travel forward just a little and the outcome at a hold-up in Canton Road is very different. These three [...]

29 September 2017

John Saeki: How I wrote ‘The Tiger Hunters of Tai O’

2017-10-21T20:10:53+00:00 September 29th, 2017|authors, hong kong, new books|1 Comment

Author John Saeki talks us through the process of writing his new novel, The Tiger Hunters of Tai O. The Tiger Hunters of Tai O came into existence as a direct result of hiking on Lantau island. Hikes are a great way of putting yourself in touch with places that have resisted change over the decades. You can walk off [...]

15 September 2017

David Leffman talks about the Mercenary Mandarin: Sep 20

2017-09-15T00:10:04+00:00 September 15th, 2017|events, hong kong|0 Comments

Come and hear author David Leffman talk about the “Mercenary Mandarin” at the Royal Geographical Society next week (Wednesday September 20th, 6.30pm, in Central, Hong Kong). In his talk, Leffman covers the extraordinary life of Victorian adventurer William Mesny, who spent most of his adult life in China, becoming a smuggler, a prisoner of the Taiping rebels, an arms dealer [...]

14 July 2017

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

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

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 of the handover of Hong Kong from Great Britain to China, PEN Hong Kong presents [...]

14 June 2017

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

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

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 June 15, 6pm-7.30pm, at Bookazine in Prince's Building, Central. Free entry, and wine will be [...]

25 May 2017

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

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

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 at the American Consulate General who speaks Cantonese — is made responsible for reporting and [...]

11 May 2017

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

2017-05-11T18:38:55+00:00 May 11th, 2017|authors, hong kong, media attention, new books|0 Comments

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 streets to get a first-hand look. He quickly found himself in deep trouble amid the [...]

16 January 2017

Book launch: Meet three authors in Hong Kong on January 18

2017-01-16T04:41:39+00:00 January 16th, 2017|authors, events, hong kong|0 Comments

On the evening of Wednesday January 18th, you're invited to Bookazine's first "Meet the Authors" session in Prince's Building, Central. Among the writers present will be Peter Mann with his new memoir Sheriff of Wan Chai. Wine will be served and stories will be told. Full details in the evite above. Hope to see you there!

29 November 2016

Book excerpt: Chinese Mice Don’t Eat Cheese

2016-11-26T19:43:19+00:00 November 29th, 2016|book excerpt, china, hong kong|0 Comments

Fred Schneiter spent 30 years working in and around China, and came to recognise the value of keeping an open mind and learning something new every day. You’re likely to learn something too if you read this excerpt from his book, Getting Along with the Chinese.   Chinese Mice Don’t Eat Cheese IN THE EARLY DAYS of our wheat food [...]

23 November 2016

New book: How to Hong Kong

2017-12-08T03:07:01+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Share If you cannot view this email, please Click Here to view an online version. Unsubscribe/Update Profile | Share With Friends | Subscribe Blacksmith Books, Hong Kong Newsletter November 2016 New book: How to Hong Kong How to Hong Kong: An illustrated travel journalby Lena Sin and Nicholas Tay In this joyful travel sketchbook, Hong Kong is captured through the [...]

21 November 2016

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

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

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 fields of transport, housing, security, environment and tourism. He also served as District Officer for [...]

15 November 2016

Book talk: Umbrellas in Bloom, November 17

2016-11-24T01:13:56+00:00 November 15th, 2016|authors, events, hong kong|0 Comments

The Umbrella Movement of 2014 put Hong Kong on the map and elevated the city to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book in English to chronicle this history-making event, written by a Hong Kong-born author based on his firsthand account at the main protest sites. Jason Y. Ng will talk about [...]

26 October 2016

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

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

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 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher called on Beijing to discuss the 1997 expiration of Britain’s [...]

5 October 2016

‘Eating Smoke’ is dramatised on RTHK Radio 3

2016-11-24T01:13:57+00:00 October 5th, 2016|authors, hong kong, media attention|0 Comments

These days Chris Thrall is a successful author. But it wasn't always so. In the 1990s he left the Royal Marines to find his fortune in Hong Kong, but instead found himself homeless and hooked on crystal methamphetamine. In a downward spiral, he also began working for a triad society as a doorman in one of their nightclubs in Wan [...]

15 September 2016

Learn some Canto for the Mid Autumn Festival

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

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 early to have dinner with the whole family. Married couples must either separate and go [...]