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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+00:00 November 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 [...]

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 [...]

8 November 2017

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

2017-12-08T03:06:07+00:00 November 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

21 October 2017

Northern Ireland to Hong Kong: A Tale of Drugs, Crime and Redemption

2017-10-21T21:42:04+00:00 October 21st, 2017|authors, media attention|0 Comments

Eating Smoke author Chris Thrall is the subject of a fascinating new podcast on BFBS, the British Forces Broadcasting Service. 'Coming Home: Chris Thrall' is a feature-length story about addiction, redemption and recovery chronicling Royal Marine Chris Thrall's journey from Royal Marine Commando to a crystal meth addicted gang member of the notorious Hong Kong Triads. Chris joined the Royal [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]