The 2014/2015 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Best Book Awards were recently announced and we have two winners in the Fiction category:
DECODED by Mai Jia
Both a riveting mystery and a metaphysical examination of the mind of an inspired genius, DECODED is the first novel to be published in English by one of China’s greatest and most popular contemporary writers. “It stands out among Chinese novels for its pace, liveliness and the sheer novelty of the tale it tells. It grips from the first page… [Jia] offers a beguiling and magical mystery tour of China. It is an absolute joy to read.” — The Economist (more praise here)
THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu
With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author. “Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review (more praise here)
The CALA Best Book Award aims to promote awareness of the best books about Chinese topics or literature written by authors of Chinese descent, in English or in Chinese that have been published in North America.
View the full list of winners here.