When Books are a Matter of Life and Death

You might have heard about the five booksellers who were abducted at the end of last year in Hong Kong for selling forbidden books.  I can’t even imagine that, but it happened.  And the effects of it are still being felt.  In July, the 2016 Hong Kong book fair seemed to be business as usual, but insiders felt the difference.  Booksellers are afraid to sell politically sensitive books; publishers are publishing even fewer than they used to.  Both ends of the chain are closing off.  It’s hard to imagine living in a place like that, but it’s real.  Click here to read the full article in The Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/25/hong-kong-book-fair-subdued-after-bookseller-disappearances