Wuxia returns to Boston University, Taiwan, and Beyond!
Things at the Dragon Gate Inn are moving right along – for once! My seminar in Taiwan, “Wandering the World: A Wuxia Writer’s Path,” seems to have been a big hit. I, once again, immensely enjoyed teaching in Taiwan. I presented a look at the western idea of the hero through several movies and showed some Chinese movies that had a great influence on the writing of my wuxia novel, Dream of the Dragon Pool.
Apparently, my writing seems to have impressed Taiwan’s largest and oldest publisher, Taiwan Commercial Press. They have bought the Chinese translation rights from my New York publisher to publish Dream of the Dragon Pool in traditional Chinese characters book and eBook format. We expect the Taiwan edition to be out sometime next year. The Press has also offered to help find a Mainland Chinese publisher for my novel. I had a wonderful time visiting Taiwan Commercial Press - as you can see in the accompanying photo - and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them.
Taiwan Commercial Press Building in Downtown Taipei
Mr. Lee, Managing Editor, the author, Dr. Fang, Editor-in-Chief
More good news! Boston University has invited me back to teach my East Asian heroes Cinema/Fiction course and this time they have opened two sections! I’m working on revising my film list based on my previous offering of the class – it is VERY hard when you are only limited to seven movies, since this is a writing course. Let’s hope if we “build it, they will come”!
AND…I have collected together eight of my published or accepted for publication short stories – basically, traditional style Chinese tales of the “strange”- and I’m publishing them through Amazon’s CreateSpace publishing service. Entitled, “Strange Tales from the Dragon Gate Inn,” I’m expecting to have book in hand in about two months. I’ll keep you updated as to its progress.