Ed Lakewood wrote:Good-day fellow Forumosans,
Well, I'm back from the drawing board with a new book called Why China Will Never Rule the World: Travels in the Two Chinas. The official date of publication has been set at June 4, 2011 and the book should be available from all major bookstores in North America as well as 40 online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Wal-Mart, and so on. The book is being published in Canada and printed in and distributed from the United States. There is a marketing campaign in place, but that doesn't preclude failure, goodness knows. I've sacrificed a lot to write this book, penned next to the Danshui River and along the frozen shores of the Bay of Fundy, and feel it is a much stronger effort than my first, which, in retrospect, seems rather derivative and disjointed; perhaps even a touch puerile. I probably won't be available to field questions for a while (if anyone has any, that is) because I'm going to be too busy helping my publisher promote the thing, but if you'd like to learn more, you can go to http://www.troyparfitt.com to read an excerpt, take a look at the cover, etc.
the chief wrote:Ed,
Read the excerpt and I'm totally hooked.
LOVED the description of TST in the morning, it was spot on, I could smell it as I read.
Hilarious you should mention the Theroux, I read the Iron Rooster about 2 weeks after I first got here, and as you were starting to outline your plan, I was thinking, this sounds cool, kind of like Riding the Iron Rooster, except with manners. And then you up and cite it, brilliant.
I'll definitely be looking to acquire a copy at the earliest availability.
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