Book Picks 2016

Favorite Books from 2016

What was your favorite book last year? PEN Hong Kong's executive committee members introduce books that had the greatest impact on them in 2016.

Reading Literature Improves Empathy

Reading Literary Fiction Increases Empathy

Why read fiction? Besides providing pleasure, research shows that reading literary fiction improves the ability to understand what other people are thinking, increasing one's empathy (Popular fiction does not.) What's the difference? Researchers from The New School explain.

Now available for the price of shipping: Afterness: Literature from the News Transnational Asia

Afterness showcases the work of sixty-five graduates and soon-to-be graduates of the Hong Kong CityU MFA Creative Writing program from 2010 to 2016. In 2015, the program was shut down suddenly despite a CityU MFA student-led protest from the international writing community ( They were unable to save the program, but this anthology of poetry, fiction, memoir, and essays, is its legacy .