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14 September 2018

Book launch party: Sunset Survivors, Hong Kong, September 20th

2018-09-14T01:58:16+00:00September 14th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Sunset Survivors: Meet the people keeping Hong Kong’s traditional industries alive By Lindsay Varty, with photography by Gary Jones When: Thursday, September 20, 6-8pm Where: G.O.D., 48 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Who: All welcome. Drinks will be served! Sunset Survivors tells the stories of Hong Kong’s traditional tradesmen and women through stunning imagery and candid interviews. Covering a myriad [...]

3 September 2018

Tin Hats and Rice: our oldest author publishes her Hong Kong prisoner-of-war diary

2018-09-03T01:40:18+00:00September 3rd, 2018|new books|0 Comments

This photo from Barbara Anslow was taken in December 1941, just hours before Hong Kong surrendered to Japan in the second world war. But the roll of photos was only developed in 1945, when she was released from three years and eight months of captivity in Stanley camp. Barbara tells her story in Tin Hats and Rice: A Diary of [...]

25 August 2018

Read, if you dare, this excerpt from “Chinese Ghosts”: Anatomy of a Legend

2018-08-29T01:35:09+00:00August 25th, 2018|book excerpt, new books|0 Comments

Here we present a chapter from Chinese Ghosts, Charles Emmons' cornucopia of ghost stories and experiences he collected in Hong Kong in the early 1980s. He updated the book for a new edition last year.   Chapter 9: Anatomy of a Legend This is a very interesting case that helps illustrate the social processes involved in rumor, and sometimes eventually [...]

24 May 2018

New book: Hong Kong Confidential

2018-05-24T16:02:05+00:00May 24th, 2018|hong kong, new books|2 Comments

A former senior Chinese Administrative Officer has at long last lifted another little corner of the veil of half-truths and anodyne official releases which hitherto shrouded many of the decisions and evasions under the long Hong Kong governorship of Sir Murray MacLehose. David T. K. Wong — who started working life as a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant at the [...]

16 March 2018

March 2018 newsletter: New book about the Peak; Book launch of Hong Kong expat tales; Lots of author podcasts

2018-03-16T16:25:55+00:00March 16th, 2018|events, 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 NewsletterMarch 2018 New book: The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong’s Top District The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong’s Top Districtby Richard J. GarrettPart of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong [...]

26 February 2018

Book launch: 香港二十, March 3

2018-02-25T18:57:35+00:00February 26th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Both the English and Chinese editions of PEN Hong Kong's anthology Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a borrowed place are now available at Kubrick bookshop in Yau Ma Tei! The Chinese version, titled 香港二十, will be launched at Kubrick at 4pm on Saturday March 3. The bookshop is next to the Broadway Cinematheque on Public Square Street. Find out more here.

4 January 2018

Chinese Ghosts Revisited: podcast and review

2018-01-03T23:31:39+00:00January 4th, 2018|media attention, new books|0 Comments

Charles Emmons' book Chinese Ghosts Revisited: A Study of Paranormal Beliefs and Experiences came out just before Hallowe'en last year, and hopefully many people have enjoyed finding a spooky read in their Christmas stockings. It has now been reviewed by New Dawn magazine. Chinese Ghosts Revisited holds the unique position of being the only reference work comparing the supernatural and [...]

27 November 2017

New books: expat experiences in Hong Kong, a look back at the handover, and a booksigning with the sheriff

2017-12-08T02:55:13+00:00November 27th, 2017|events, 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 2017 New book: Other Voices, Other Eyes Other Voices, Other Eyes: Expatriate Lives in Hong Kong by David NunanThe stories of expats in Hong Kong – the most dynamic, dramatic and [...]

8 November 2017

Our November 2017 newsletter, with a new book and author events

2017-12-08T03:06:07+00:00November 8th, 2017|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 NewsletterNovember 2017 New book: The Dictionary of the Asian Language The Dictionary of the Asian Languageby Todd Crowell, with cartoons by MingOf course there is no single Asian language. But plenty of vogue [...]

29 September 2017

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

2017-10-21T20:10:53+00:00September 29th, 2017|authors, hong kong, new books|2 Comments

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 [...]

14 July 2017

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

2017-07-14T01:37:55+00:00July 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 [...]

25 May 2017

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

2017-05-25T02:43:13+00:00May 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+00:00May 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 [...]

23 November 2016

New book: How to Hong Kong

2017-12-08T03:07:01+00:00November 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+00:00November 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 [...]

11 November 2016

New books in our November newsletter, plus book talk and radio drama

2017-12-18T01:48:27+00:00November 11th, 2016|events, 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: Sheriff of Wan Chai Sheriff of Wan Chai: How an Englishman helped govern Hong Kong in its last decades as a British colony by Peter MannIn 1976, Peter Mann [...]