27 November 2017

Book signing with the Sheriff of Wan Chai, November 28

2017-11-27T02:35:18+00:00 November 27th, 2017|publishing|0 Comments

In 1976, Peter Mann left England for Hong Kong. As a police inspector, he commanded a sub-unit and led a district vice squad in Kowloon before joining the colonial government. He then served as district officer for Wan Chai. From raids on gambling dens to organising governors’ visits, his work involved him in all levels of Hong Kong society. Come [...]

31 October 2017

October 2017 newsletter

2017-12-08T03:11:27+00:00 October 31st, 2017|publishing|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 October 2017 Chinese Ghosts Revisited Chinese Ghosts Revisited: A Study of Paranormal Beliefs and Experiences by Charles Emmons Do the Hong Kong Chinese experience ghosts, hauntings, spirit mediumship, ESP and other paranormal [...]

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 [...]

15 March 2017

Blacksmith Books publisher interviewed in the SCMP

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

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 photo shoot by Xiaomei Chen (who has some great photo essays on her website). "Hong [...]

12 March 2016

“The Mercenary Mandarin” in Hong Kong

2016-11-24T01:13:59+00:00 March 12th, 2016|authors, china, events, new books, publishing|0 Comments

Guidebook writer David Leffman is heading back to remote parts of Guizhou province on Tuesday, to pick up the trail of William Mesny - the British-born "Mercenary Mandarin" who became a general in the Chinese army. But before he goes, he will be giving an illustrated talk about Mesny to the Royal Asiatic Society in the Centre for Visual Arts, [...]

11 December 2015

December newsletter

2017-10-05T23:26:05+00:00 December 11th, 2015|new books, publishing|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 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 [...]

29 September 2015

Graham Heywood’s Hong Kong prisoner-of-war diary

2016-11-24T01:14:00+00:00 September 29th, 2015|authors, hong kong, new books, publishing|0 Comments

I met up with Geoffrey Emerson, Hong Kong-based historian (left), and Shun Chi Ming, director of the Hong Kong Observatory (centre), to talk about the wartime diary of Graham Heywood. Over tea at the Observatory, a beautiful Victorian building hidden away on a forested hill in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Geoff and CM explained how Heywood's diary [...]

15 September 2015


2015-09-15T20:51:24+00:00 September 15th, 2015|publishing|0 Comments

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30 August 2015

August news

2017-10-05T23:25:09+00:00 August 30th, 2015|publishing|0 Comments

If you missed out on our summer email newsletter, you can read it here below... 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 August 2015 New biography: Shanghai's Baghdadi Jews Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jews: A Collection of Biographical ReflectionsA compilation of 26 [...]

25 August 2015

And now a word from our intern…

2016-11-24T01:14:01+00:00 August 25th, 2015|hong kong, publishing|2 Comments

This internship began with a long email to an unknown (to me) English publisher in Hong Kong (whom I found by googling “English publisher Hong Kong”), and a desperate hope that said unknown publisher would respond and give me some work experience in the summer. But as the days wore on, and the weeks, which then turned into two months, [...]

25 July 2013

Hong Kong: Launchpad for the future of Asian publishing

2016-11-24T01:14:08+00:00 July 25th, 2013|china, hong kong, media attention, publishing|0 Comments

Want some insights into the world of book publishing in Hong Kong and China? A bunch of local publishing folk, including yours truly, are quoted in an informative article in Publishing Trends. While globally powerful partnerships between Chinese publishers and international publishers may take a while to unfold, Hong Kong’s own industry still offers plenty of international exposure to authors [...]

9 July 2013

The New Word Sellers

2016-11-24T01:14:09+00:00 July 9th, 2013|hong kong, media attention, publishing|0 Comments

I was interviewed for this Hong Kong Trader article about Asian publishers in advance of the Hong Kong Book Fair. Many small publishers use print-on-demand technology to make books available in small quantities, but I'm not keen on it because sales are rarely very high, and such books are only sold through the giant online booksellers, not in bookshops on [...]

5 April 2013

Putting together a Yunnan cookbook

2016-11-24T01:14:11+00:00 April 5th, 2013|authors, china, new books, publishing|1 Comment

We've just spent three days cooking, shooting and eating over 70 dishes from Yunnan province, the most diverse in China for both food and people. Linda has brought some hard-to-find ingredients from the province; we've been to various shops and markets in Wan Chai; and Linda has cooked up the dishes with Annabel in her Hong Kong kitchen. See a [...]

21 January 2013

Download a free study guide for Bhutan memoir “Dragon Bones”

2016-11-24T01:14:12+00:00 January 21st, 2013|authors, publishing|1 Comment

From Murray Gunn, author of Dragon Bones: Two Years Beneath the Skin of a Himalayan Kingdom: I tried very hard to allow the Bhutanese people in Dragon Bones to tell their own stories and to minimise the bias created by my beliefs, my mood and other aspects of my life. I knew it was an impossible task before I began [...]

15 January 2013

“Kowloon: Unknown Territory” – photo exhibition at the FCC

2016-11-24T01:14:12+00:00 January 15th, 2013|authors, events, hong kong, publishing|0 Comments

The Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong is holding a wall exhibition of Ira Chaplain's photos from Kowloon: Unknown Territory. "In my 19 years spent in various parts of Hong Kong, I have never lived in Kowloon. Before I took this assignment, like so many in this city, my life existed largely on Hong Kong side. I never knew the [...]

19 November 2012

Nov 26: Come to the Blacksmith/Bookazine Booksigning Extravaganza!

2016-11-24T01:14:12+00:00 November 19th, 2012|authors, book giveaway, events, hong kong, new books, publishing|0 Comments

As we count down the final four weeks to Christmas, come and get your Hong Kong gift books signed at Bookazine. We’ve brought together 14 Blacksmith authors who have all written about Hong Kong. Come and meet them over a festive glass of wine, and get your books signed by: Jonathan Chamberlain, author of King Hui: The Man Who Owned [...]

5 October 2012

Busy busy

2016-11-24T01:14:13+00:00 October 5th, 2012|publishing|0 Comments

Sorry for our recent silence on the blog -- we're working on getting 12 books out by the end of November, our busiest season ever. Half of these are reprints, and that's good news for publishers! Look out for updates on the new books in the next few weeks.