Saturday, May 14, 2016

International Exchanges and Reviews

Yesterday I received a book from China. It was 崔书田 Cui Shutien's Chinese language translation of Chinese Escapade, a book originally written in English by Laurance Tipton. Laurance Tipton is a character in Our Lady of Kaifeng: Courtyard of the Happy Way. But he was also a real person, who lived through those difficult times, escaped from the camp, and joined the Nationalist resistance.

《中国逃亡记》 is a handsomely typeset book with an elegant, understated cover design. Published for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp near Weihsien, it seems to have the local government's seal of approval.

an illustration appearing on the cover of  《中国逃亡记》

The illustration on the cover of the internees standing in line with buckets in their hands is very detailed, but in miniature, as if to emphasize the importance of words and to minimize the impact of images. I am enchanted by this style of cover.

The author/translator even autographed this copy for me. I am very touched and will treasure this book. I have also sent Cui Shutian autographed copies of both volumes of Our Lady of Kaifeng.

In the meanwhile, here are some of the recent reviews I have had for Our Lady of Kaifeng: Courtyard of the Happy Way.

Pam Keyes' Review

J. Hanna's Review

Sheila Tombe's Review

My book was also featured here:

Order it on Amazon


  1. I am very excited that the translator has sent you a book, and that you have also sent a copy of Our Lady of Kaifeng to him. I hope he will review it on Amazon.

    1. I am excited, too. I do hope he will review Our Lady of Kaifeng, though I am not sure it will be on Amazon.