Category Archives: Writer’s Corner

As author James Lande has shouldered his way into our Old China Books blog, we have set aside a corner of the kitchen for him, with a water dish and warm blanket, where he can hold forth on just about everything.

Ebook of TOUJOURS GAI memoir available now for purchase

Old China Books is pleased to announce that an ebook of the memoir TOUJOURS GAI by Luise Shannon Landers is now available for purchase  from Amazon.* In this unique memoir, a lady 95 years old recollects her long and tumultuous … Continue reading

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More Q&A with James Lande about the novel Yang Shen

Here are a few additional Q&A topics that didn’t make it into Living the Taiping, David Cahill’s interview with James Lande at the Isham Cook web blog. Why did you begin with a long novel before ever having any other writing success? The … Continue reading

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New review of Yang Shen at Amazon, and Q&A at Isham Cook

We are pleased to announce a new review of Yang Shen called “The Taiping Up Close” just posted on the Yang Shen Amazon page by the accomplished essayist, novelist and literary critic David Cahill (author of Lust and Philosophy, The Exact … Continue reading

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Navigating the Stream of Thought

(The following is a brief review posted today at Amazon of Robert Humphrey’s Stream of Consciousness in the Modern Novel.) We begin with Joyce, move on to Woolf, and culminate with Faulkner noting along the way other practitioners and experimenters. We … Continue reading

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James Lande invites readers to Goodreads Ask the Author

We are pleased to announce our participation in the Goodreads Ask the Author forum, a place where “readers can ask questions and receive answers from their favorite authors.” We have for some time been following several writers at Ask the … Continue reading

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Work in Progress: Yang Shen Book II, Reconnaissance of Tsingpoo

We see we’ve posted nothing since March, as we have been busy scribbling in Yang Shen, so perhaps it’s time to set forth some of what we have been working on in draft, or as Joyce called his work on … Continue reading

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Changes in Chinese Censorship of Western Books about China

Peter Hessler, writing in The New Yorker magazine, notes a change in the publishing climate for books about China by Westerners, after traveling on a book tour with his Chinese censor! “My Chinese censor is Zhang Jiren,” Hessler writes, “an … Continue reading

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Laotong 老同 “Old-sames” Women Who are Friends for Life, Revisited

Just received an inquiry through the China History Forum about the practice of laotong 老同, a uniquely Chinese kind of friendship between two girls that lasted all their lives, which was described recently by Lisa See in her novel Snow … Continue reading

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Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 5: Palaso Salangsang, the Tattooed Bontoc Headhunter

Previously we wrote about Balla and Palaso, and as Palaso now comes center stage in Chapter 32 of Yang Shen, Attack on Tsingpoo, we have expanded his background. The principal sources for detail on 19th century Bontoc are the ethnography … Continue reading

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Three Authors Writing Today About China

Here are three recent, remarkable works of fiction by authors who are bringing China of many generations to life for readers in the Western world. The stories range from the distant Mongolian steppes through east China to San Francisco, with … Continue reading

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