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.

I went too far out – a novelist’s apology to his readers

“Fish that you were. I am sorry that I went too far out. I ruined us both.”  (Santiago, The Old Man and the Sea)  A reader recently asked… “Loved Yang Shen, have both editions. When will James Lande’s next book … Continue reading

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Unforgettable Formosa (Wang-bu-liao) – video by Luther Deese

This deftly fashioned retrospective of the island sixty or so years ago, Memories of Taiwan by Luther Deese, begins with the poem by Meng Hao-ran 春曉, Spring Dawn: 春眠不覺曉, 處處聞啼鳥, 夜來風雨聲, 花落知多少. Waking sleepily on a spring morning, everywhere there is the song of … Continue reading

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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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