Popular Bookworm Cafe to Become Publisher of Contemporary Chinese Literature

A popular hangout is branching out

Charles Liu , April 27, 2015 8:45am (updated)

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Chinese literature is getting a boost with news that popular bookstore and coffee hangout the Bookworm has launched a publishing arm called China Bookworm Press.

The independent venture will publish contemporary Chinese fiction and non-fiction in both the original Chinese and translated versions in order to appeal to a wider international audience. Although no upcoming titles have been announced, the Bookworm has also announced the founding of the China Bookworm Literary Awards in order to raise the profile of prominent Chinese authors who have not yet published any works. In addition to cash prizes, the top winner will get their book translated into English and be published by China Bookworm Press.

The Bookworm originally opened in Beijing, but has since expanded to Chengdu and Suzhou and is known for its literary festivals.

“We are very excited to be launching this publishing venture today,” said the General Manager of the Bookworm, Peter Goff. “We feel this is a very natural fit with our bookstores in Beijing, Chengdu and Suzhou, and our annual literary festival and year-round literary events program. There is an abundance of literary talent here and very strong traditions, and the press will aim to showcase the best of contemporary Chinese writing to international audiences.”

The Bookworm will be hosting its 9th annual literary festival this year from March 13-29.

Charles Liu

The Nanfang's Senior Editor