On Saturday, I attended the launch of the Hong Kong Women in Publishing Society's annual anthology: Imprint. The event was at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Central, and it was attended by many WiPS members and their friends. I was asked to read part of my own contribution to the anthology, a creative non-fiction piece entitled Optimism. This is officially my first appearance in a print publication! We also heard readings from some accomplished poets and storytellers and the talented teenage winner of the secondary school writing competition conducted by WiPS.
The launch party for Imprint was also the launch of the new HK WiPS literary prize: the Saphira Prize. It calls for entries of 40,000-50,000 words, either works of fiction or memoir, which will be edited and published by WiPS. I don't know if I will have anything to enter yet, but the deadline isn't until September, so there's a little time. I'm tempted to try a novella.
On to the bookspotting! This week I saw a woman in an MTR station reading a book called Red Capitalism in South China. Later, I spotted a man reading Too Big To Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin. This morning I saw a girl reading a hardcover book with an English title that had something to do industry, but I didn't see the whole thing. This weekend I saw a lot of people reading in Starbucks, but I didn't catch any titles. I counted six Chinese books this week, mostly in the MTR.