On April 5-7, 2022, the London Book Fair was held at Olympia London. This was the first time that the offline exhibition of the London Book Fair was held two years after the outbreak of the COVID-19 in 2020. Beijing Publishing Group (BPG) occupied a leading position among all the Chinese publishing groups in terms of the number of books displayed at the book fair.
The year of 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level between China and the UK. Under the theme of “Reading China”, the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee organized domestic publishers to display the results of the cooperation between Chinese and British publishing industries from various perspectives, in many fields and at different levels.
A total of 500 key book titles with more than 1,000 copies from over 60 Chinese publishers were showcased at the joint display counter for Chinese publishing industry. These books cover the topics in five areas: special themes, social sciences, traditional culture, literature and children. Another 100 key books under the promotion title of “going global” were collectively showcased on the page of “Reading China” on the website of the Chinese Embassy to Britain and the website of the London Book Fair.
In its efforts to prepare for the book fair, BPG selected 60 books for offline display and 70 books for online display. A total of nine books were selected from among these candidate books by the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee. Representing the fruits of China’s publishing industry and the key achievements of “going global” efforts, these nine books were showcased on the special page of “Reading China” on the website of the Chinese Embassy to Britain, and at the joint display counter for Chinese publishing industry.
These nine books are as follows:
The Little Book Series on the History of the People’s Republic of China (30 volumes)
(Beijing People’s Publishing House);
Chic Beijing (Beijing Publishing House);
Beijing Diary (1949 - 2019) (Beijing Publishing House);
Little Maternal Grandfather’s Guide to Beijing for Children (3 volumes)
(Beijing Publishing House);
Rest in the Cloud (Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House)
Where the Heart Stays(Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House)
Receding White Horse (Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House)
The Dog Laohei Gets in Trouble (Beijing Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House)
Talk about China with Oxford Readers (Beijing Education Publishing House).
Of these books, The Little Book Series on the History of the People’s Republic of China, Receding White Horse, Where the Heart Stays, Rest in the Cloud and The Dog Laohei Gets in Trouble were displayed and recommended as the key books for copyright trading.