Category Archive: Peony News

The slim years

By Chitralekha Basu (China Daily)

Chinese authors are still struggling to carve a niche in the global gallery of contemporary literary greats. Chitralekha Basu reports.

Jo Lusby, who heads Penguin in North Asia, was recently quoted in Shanghai’s Oriental Daily on the subject of Chinese literature and Western expectations. Buying Chinese fiction for the overseas market, she said, was not necessarily about picking the best, or the bestsellers. Rather, it was about “what piques the interest of the Western reader”.

Looks like moral tales about corruption among bureaucrats, angst-ridden teenagers living it up in wild Shanghai and the “cultural revolution” (1966-1976) will dominate the Chinese list of Western presses for a while. Or will it? Click here to read more »

Peony Literary Agency’s Creative Writing Workshop in Singapore, with support from the National Arts Council – The Story and The Pitch

On February 25, 2011, Peony Literary Agency held a successful interactive creative writing workshop in Singapore, The Story and The Pitch, supported by the National Arts Council. The first of many, this interactive workshop provided aspiring writers with all the knowledge essential to initiate them in the international publishing industry and to launch themselves as professional authors. The event was held in the Living Room at The Arts House, which used to be the old Parliament building in Singapore.

The speakers of this event are Marysia Juszczakiewicz and Fran Lebowitz. Marysia Juszczakiewicz is the founder of Peony Literary Agency and has extensive experience of publishing in both the UK and Asia. Fran Lebowitz with over twelve years of experience as a highly successful literary agent in the US publishing industry specialising in pop culture and fiction, now runs a Singapore agency that specialises in editorial services for writers and screenwriters. Click here to read more »





(新闻来源:中国图书对外推广网 2010-09-27)

Writing the Future

As Hong Kong prepares for its largest literary-themed event of the year, a casual glance down the schedule of events reveals just how much the fabric of the publishing industry in the city has changed over the past decade.

That the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair – to be held 21-27 July at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – has this year been able to attract the likes of such celebrated international authors as Frederick Forsyth, Stephen Fry, alongside Chinese mainland blogging sensation Han Han and best-selling Taiwanese writer Chen Wen-hsien, speaks volumes about the important role Hong Kong now plays between the literary and publishing worlds of the West and the East.

The authors will take part in a series of “Reading the World, Writing the Future’’ seminars, and Sir David Tang, one of the event’s high-profile moderators, said the line-up was a reflection of the event’s growing position in Asia. “The Hong Kong Book Fair, the brainchild of the HKTDC, attracts close to a million visitors, which shows what a remarkable event it is,” Sir David said on announcing the seminar line-up.

David Tang


Businessman and author Sir David Tang will be among the high-profile moderators at a series of seminars during the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair

Click here to read more »

Quest for nation’s unsung literary gems

By Chitralekha Basu (China Daily)

Jia Pingwa

Like Sylvia Plath, whose recognizably-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, became a classic well after her suicide, Wang Xiaobo’s deep essays on Chinese society and culture found a following only after his death in 1997. Click here to read more »

New Chinese Literary Agency Attracts Top Talent

By Edward Nawotka

Literary agencies are a relatively unknown quantity in China and almost all started as overseas operations, including Big Apple Tuttle Mori Agency and Bardon Chinese Media, which both started in Taiwan, and Andrew Nurnberg Associates, from the UK. The latest newcomer — Peony Literary Agency — hails from Hong Kong. Launched in November by Marysia Juszczakiewicz to replace the agency formerly known as Creative Work, Peony has offices in both Hong Kong and Beijing and has in just a few short months attracted numerous high profile clients, from literary lights such as Su Tong (author of Raise the Red Lantern and The Boat to Redemption, winner of the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize) to race car driving youth icon Han Han and romantic pop rebel Annie Baobei. Click here to read more »