155. Interview with Xueting C. Ni
Chinese Books For Young Readers
by helenwanglondon
7M ago
Xueting C. Ni 倪雪亭 is a writer, translator and speaker, who combines her knowledge and experience of English and Chinese to share Chinese contemporary culture. She writes a blog Snow Pavilion, contributes to many online publications, and has a growing number of books to her name. From Kuan Yin to Chairman Mao. The Essential Guide to Chinese Deities (Red Wheel Weiser, 2018) looks at 60 Chinese deities and their relevance today. Sinopticon: A Celebration of Chinese Science Fiction (Solaris, 2021), a collection of 13 short stories selected and translated by Xueting, won the British Fantasy Society ..read more
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164. The 2023 Chen Bochui Award winners
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by helenwanglondon
7M ago
The winners of the 2023 Chen Bochui Awards 陈伯吹国际儿童文学奖 have just been announced. Congratulations to all the winners! Best Literary Works in Chinese Language “The Golden Suona”, by Dong Hongyou (Changjiang shaonian ertong chubanshe) — The golden suona has been handed down the generations of Xiang Dahai’s family. How will he take to this traditional instrument when others around him are playing the saxophone and electric guitar? // 董宏猷:《金唢呐》(长江少年儿童出版社) “Kaleidoscope”, by Lu Mei (Anhui shaonian ertong chubanshe) — During the summer holidays, nine-year-old Mai Xiaojie has adventures in Shangh ..read more
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162. The 2023 White Ravens are here!
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by helenwanglondon
7M ago
Every year, the children’s literature experts at the International Youth Library, Munich, make a selection of especially noteworthy books from the large number of review and donation copies the library receives in the course of the year. The team focuses on titles that might be of interest to an international audience because of their literary and pictorial quality and/or the topics they address. They publish the list just before the Frankfurt Book Fair in November. The 2023 White Ravens catalogue features 200 notable new children’s and young adult books from more than 50 countries and in ..read more
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161. The Chinese Panda Book Awards 2023-2024 – here’s the shortlist!
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by helenwanglondon
7M ago
The Chinese Panda Book Shortlists 2023-2024 are books published in Chinese in the last 2-3 years. They have been selected for the Chinese Panda Book Awards by the Chinese Panda Literacy Initiative Steering Committee. The Committee members are Duo Sun, Fiona Yu-Jia, Grace Zeng, Jessica Shan, Lin Li, Penny Ma, Vicky Yang, Wesley Zheng, Yinmei Wu, Ying Chu, Yongpei Gao, Yue Ge. For more about the Chinese Panda Book Awrards see our previous post (no. 160). The Chinese Panda Awards 2023-2024 shortlists (brochure in Chinese) The Chinese Panda Book Shortlists are published as a small brochure, with s ..read more
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160. The Chinese Panda Book Awards – 34 winning titles since 2015!
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by helenwanglondon
7M ago
The Panda Book Awards “阅读熊猫”图书奖 were initiated in 2008 by librarian Nadine Dewit Rosevear. Students and teachers from participating international schools in China and beyond are invited to vote for their favorite book published in the previous two to three school years. At first, the awards were for books published in English. In 2015 this was expanded, thanks to Grace Zeng, to include a separate list of titles in Chinese, known as The Chinese Panda Book Awards “阅读熊猫”中文图书奖. Outline information about the Panda Book Awards is given below – for more details, shortlists and winners in English and ..read more
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159. More about teaching Mandarin in the UK, by Kate Titmuss
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by helenwanglondon
7M ago
More than two years ago, we interviewed Kate Titmuss (no. 114), who was teaching Mandarin in a UK school as well as teaching her young daughter at home. We wondered how things have developed over the past two to three years. Thank you, Kate, for this second interview! Hi Kate, it’s a while since our last interview. How has your teaching been over the past two to three years? Over the past two years I have been teaching a wider range of levels and qualifications, including the Mandarin Excellence Programme, HSK 3 (Chinese Proficiency Test Level III) and A Level Chinese, which has been really en ..read more
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158. Interview with Christina Matula, author of the Holly-Mei books
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by helenwanglondon
7M ago
Christina Matula’s Holly-Mei series was launched at the end of April with the first book The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei. The second book The Not-So-Perfect Plan will be out soon. This is great news for fans of Holly-Mei, and wonderful for readers who like series of books. We’re delighted that Christina agreed to do an interview with us. We particularly like her comment that the Holly-Mei books are for everyone. The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei, by Christina Matula, illus. Yao Xiao (Harlequin, 2023). ISBN 978-1335428653) Hi Christina, please tell us about yourself. What would you lik ..read more
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157. White Ravens 2022
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by helenwanglondon
7M ago
White Ravens is the premium label given to recently published books selected by the language specialists at the International Youth Library, Munich, as being especially noteworthy. White Ravens are books of international interest that deserve a wider reception on account of their universal theme and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design. For details of previous Chinese-language White Ravens, see our posts no. 111 (White Ravens 1984-2020) and no. 133 (White Ravens 2021). This year, the beautiful White Ravens book contains details and summary of 20 ..read more
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156. Flight of the Bumblebee – The Playlist
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by helenwanglondon
7M ago
Flight of the Bumblebee, by Huang Beijia, translated by Nicky Harman (Balestier Press, UK, 2022) ISBN 978-1913891343 When we interviewed the translator Nicky Harman (blog 113), she mentioned the strong musical references in the novel. Orange, her mum and dad, her four brothers and sisters, and an orphan boy they adopt, live in West China in war-time. Here they go to school, play, squabble, live and love…and learn the cruel realities of life in a country torn apart by the Sino-Japanese War, in the years before and during the Second World War. Flight of the Bumblebee is Orange’s story  ̶&n ..read more
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