South Korean novelist,Shin Kyung-sook, evoked social upheaval in her most famous novel to date, "Please Look After Mom," which earned her the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize.
John H. Locke, an architectural designer, turned phone booths into lending libraries. Maybe he is the world's leading expert on the subject.
Like so many South Korean parents at the time, Shin Kyung-sook's mother saw education as her daughter's best chance of escaping poverty.
VENICE - The last time Joaquin Phoenix was at the Venice Film Festival, in 2010, he was many months into a supposed career transition - from acting to rap - that coincided with obvious weight gain, an unruly new beard and several widely noted instances of erratic public behavior. Much of this was chronicled in "I'm Still Here," a supposed documentary by Mr. Phoenix's friend Casey Affleck, and all of it was later revealed as a satirical performance-art project.
Acclaimed writer David Mitchell says he had no idea that his books were popular in China - until he saw that his events in Beijing were well attended by readers.
Three of Mitchell's works, Ghostwritten, Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green.
Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing Group has published four of David Mitchell's books in Chinese, while a fifth is being translated.
As China's engagement in Africa grows over the years, there have been various accusations about the dealings.
Young and world-renowned pianist Lang Lang has won hearts globally with his skills. But little is known of his father, Lang Guoren, who played a big role in making what Lang Lang is today.
This cross-Straits joint-publishing project features nine volumes of novels or short story and novella collections by nine writers from both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.
Lu Xingyu, 24, publishes her autobiography I'm Lu Xingyu, Not Lu Meimei in response to misunderstandings and criticisms that pushed her to the center of a charity-related storm in August 2011.
Inspired by real events, Hanging Devils is a thriller about the struggle lawyer Hong Jun underwent in the first case he took after returning from the United States and opening a law office in Beijing in the early 1990s.