Celebrating Hong Kong’s creative spirit and freedom of expression! Book Launch Party on 28 June 2017 at the FCC starting 6:30 PM Blacksmith Books is publishing Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a Borrowed Place, PEN Hong Kong’s anthology of non-fiction essays, short stories, poems and cartoons by some of Hong Kong’s brightest literary and creative minds to mark the […]
Writing. Reading. Free Expression.
PEN Hong Kong has launched a crowd-funding campaign to publish a two-volume anthology to mark the 20th anniversary of the Handover. The anthology, in partnership with Blacksmith Books, will be a collection of short fiction, essays, poetry and cartoons by some of the city’s best literary and creative minds, each offering a unique voice on […]
Why read fiction? Besides providing pleasure, research shows that reading literary fiction improves the ability to understand what other people are thinking and increases one’s empathy; however, popular fiction does not. What’s the difference? Researchers from the New School explain.
Afterness showcases the work of sixty-five graduates of the Hong Kong City University MFA Creative Writing program from 2010 to 2016. In 2015, the program was shut down suddenly despite a CityU MFA student-led protest from the international writing community. They were unable to save the program, but this anthology of poetry, fiction, memoir, and essays […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 21 June 2017 PEN HONG KONG PUBLISHES BOOK TO MARK 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HANDOVER—BRINGS TOGETHER CITY’S WRITERS AND ARTISTS TO DEFEND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Publisher: Blacksmith Books, Hong Kong Publication Date: 28 June 2017 Launch venue: Foreign Correspondents’ Club [Link] Contacts: Jason Y. Ng, president of PEN Hong Kong, +852-6346 -2512 (mobile); […]
Reporters Without Borders 2017 World Press Freedom Index 28 April 2017 After reporting earlier this month that the group had decided against opening its Asia bureau in Hong Kong, opting instead for Taipei, Reporters Without Borders reveals its World Press Freedom Index for 2017, showing Hong Kong down another 4 slots from its 2016 rank, […]
The Southern Hill Project 南嶺工程 A Special Report from PEN Hong Kong 29 January 2017 The Hong Kong book industry has been dealt a serious blow since the disappearance of the five Causeway Bay booksellers, kidnapped outside Chinese jurisdiction, or detained on Chinese soil over a year ago. They have all been punished for having […]
The Last Book Seller by Mei Fong 10 January 2017 It is snowing as I write this, a whirl of white that looks charming viewed from the snug warmth of my American home. I am thinking of another writer in far less comfortable circumstances. His name is Michael Gui Minhai. He was abducted well over […]
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A Report by PEN America Released: 5 November 2016 in Hong Kong This report provides a comprehensive account of the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers in late 2015, and gives special attention to the worrying cases of booksellers Gui Minhai and Lee Bo. This unprecedented action reflects a dangerous escalation of China’s tactics to […]