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Netizens in China wary about Chinese adaptation of popular Norwegian web series 'Skam'

The Chinese remake of Norwegian web series Skam, which has been adapted in eight countries, will start shooting in July. The news has sparked controversy among Chinese netizens, many of whom have said they are against the adaptation.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/12 15:53:40

Chinese fans excited about new book in 'Twilight' series

Midnight Sun, the fifth book in the young adult series Twilight will be published on August 4, the American novelist Stephenie Meyer announced Monday. The book was originally set to be released in 2008, but this plan was canceled because of the leaking of her manuscript. After more than a decade of waiting, some Chinese fans hailed the news as the “the renaissance in 2020.”
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/6 22:33:40

Reading of printed books has declined, but COVID-19 pandemic offers chance to read more

Ahead of the coming World Book Day on Thursday, the 17th national reading survey was launched on Monday. It found that more than 10 percent of Chinese people read books for over one hour a day in 2019 and Chinese adults have seen a rise in the time they spend reading digitally, although the amount of time they spend reading printed books has declined.
Source: Global Times | 2020/4/21 22:54:18

Coronavirus: China's physical bookstores cooperate with online food delivery companies to survive

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many non-essential businesses to close, China's physical bookstores have been looking for ways to stay afloat. One of the latest experiments sees these stores ally themselves with online food delivery companies to deliver books.
Source: Global Times | 2020/4/20 22:08:57

S.African writer Deon Meyer looks back at his 2016 virus thriller

South African novelist Deon Meyer wished the deadly virus wrecking havoc in his 2016 thriller Fever had not turned into an eerily accurate depiction of the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/20 17:38:41

Anne Frank's diary more relevant than ever, 75 years on

A lifetime ago, a Jewish girl confided in her diary as she spent two years in isolation from the outside world in a doomed attempt to escape mortal danger.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/13 17:28:40

Austrian writer wins China's annual foreign novel award

Austrian writer Robert Menasse's The Capital won China's prestigious foreign novel award, the 21st Century Best Foreign Novel of the Year 2018-19 and Zou Taofen Annual Foreign Fiction Award, on Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/29 15:48:40

Austrian writer wins China's annual foreign novel award

Austrian writer Robert Menasse's The Capital won China's prestigious foreign novel award, the 21st Century Best Foreign Novel of the Year 2018-2019 and the Zou Taofen Annual Foreign Fiction Award, which comes with a prize money of 50,000 yuan ($7,048), on Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/28 21:13:40

'Asterix' co-creator Albert Uderzo dies at 92

Albert Uderzo, the playful French illustrator behind the magic potion-swigging comic book hero Asterix the Gaul whose adventures fighting the Roman legions have enthralled readers of all ages around the world, died overnight aged 92, his family said Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/25 16:13:40

Chinese writer who wrote SARS-themed sci-fi novel talks about COVID-19 outbreak

Seventeen years ago, Chinese writer and registered psychological counselor Bi Shumin went to the frontline of the battle against SARS in China to collect resources and gain inspiration for her science fiction novel Corolla Virus. After many detailed interviews and in-depth research, she realized that SARS occured for no reason and that the epidemic was not completely eradicated. However, she never expected that another similar virus would appear so quickly and end up spreading wider and causing more deaths.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/19 20:01:23