Rights sold for Vincent Calvino private eye series
novelist Christopher Moore, once described by the Toronto Globe and
Mail as the Hemingway of Bangkok, has sold the Chinese language rights
to Spirit House and Cold Hit to Beijing based publisher China Youth
Publishing House. Spirit House has been translated into German
(Unionsverlag) and Japanese (Kodansha Ltd.) and the German edition of
Cold Hit will be released by Swiss based Unionsverlag in Spring, 2001.
officials at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, have confirmed that this is
one of, if
not the first, publishing of a major detective series by a living
English speaking writer in the Chinese language anywhere in China.
Christopher Runckel, a former First Secretary at the US Embassy in
Bangkok, was instrumental in brokering the rights sale. Mr. Runckel
said, “The publishing of the Calvino series by the China Youth
Publishing House represents a continued opening to outside ideas by
China's young people. This openness is demonstrated by Chinese
fascination with the Internet which is growing at a faster
rate in China than anywhere else in the world.”
who currently heads www.business-in-asia.com, also emphasized the
political implications arising out of The Calvino Chinese language
sale, “The way in which the contract negotiations and signing were
with the China Youth Publishing House readily accepting all the
international legal protections for the author so quickly following
WTO agreement demonstrates that Chinese companies and their
more serious determination to improve copyright protection of
G. Moore, the author of 13 novels , four plays, and a Thai language
has lived in SE Asia for a dozen years, where he collaborated on
projects in Bangkok with Hollywood screenwriting legend Stirling
(Oscar winner for In the Heat of the Night) who was an admirer of
A Killing Smile.
books, notably the four volume Land of Smiles series and the six volume
Calvino detective series, have won him a cult following in Asia where
he has been at the cutting-edge of the e-sales revolution in commerce.
His web site: www.cgmooore.com
draws hundreds of visitors daily.
editions of Spirit House and Cold Hit are expected to be released in
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