Yes, but Today Is Wednesday!

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Readers of Joan Aiken’s The Serial Garden will recognize the above allusion. In these stories, “Monday was the day on which unusual things were allowed, and even expected to happen at the Armitage house.” And around here we release new ebooks on Tuesdays. So why are we breaking the rules today?

Because we have something absolutely amazing—even though most of our readers won’t be able to read it. Today we’re releasing a Chinese language edition ebook of two stories from Chinese writer Xiaoda Xiao’s forthcoming autobiographical collection of stories, The Visiting Suit: Stories From My Prison Life—our first ebook from another favorite indie press: Two Dollar Radio.

As Eric Obenauf, publisher of Two Dollar Radio writes: The recent recognition of the struggle of Chinese writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo by the Nobel Committee, as well as the Chinese government’s attempts to mute the story, underlines the fact that the oppression and suppression of the Chinese population is on-going, and that Xiao’s writing of his prison experience from over a quarter-century ago is as timely as ever. By making Xiao’s work downloadable for free in Chinese, his tale will be made available to members of the population still affected by the extreme policies and daily hardships that Xiao describes who are only receiving and exposed to heavily censored news and stories.

The English language edition of  The Visiting Suit: Stories From My Prison Life comes out from Two Dollar Radio next month and we look forward to being able to bring it to you. In the meantime, we’d love for you to spread the word to any Chinese language readers you might know—or, in fact, just to spread the word about this book so that it has a chance to reach Chinese language readers here and around the world. Thanks for posting, linking, and anything you can do to spread the word.

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