We are proud to be affiliated with our friends at the Los Angeles Review of Books, and are thankful to our sponsor, the Sin Wai Kin Chinese Culture Promotion Scheme at Hang Seng Management College. The continuing support of these partners allows us to do what we do.
The Hong Kong Review of Books is an international book review site launched in 2016. We are an English-speaking Hong Kong platform for discussion of books with a focus on global politics and critical theory, as well as philosophy, literary fiction and international poetry.
We are particularly interested in what we think of as ‘radical’ texts: any text which challenges normative ideas, assumptions and practices. This will inform our decision of whether or not to review a book. By radical we mean any text which makes the reader think critically, challenging the ideas of our present moment. We will, of course, accept ‘radical’ reviews of ‘conservative’ books.
Hong Kong is a city with a rich literary history, in a fascinating political and cultural situation and with a thriving poetic, literary and academic community, though it had no book review site until recently. A main aim of ours is to promote discussions of Hong Kong literature, and of literature in Hong Kong, so we particularly welcome review copies of books from Hong Kong authors or publishers who wish to be reviewed, and we are particularly receptive to reviews from writers who live in Hong Kong, are from HK, or have written about or in HK. Please see the ‘Hong Kong and Chinese Literature’ tab from our homepage for the Hong Kong Literature that we have covered so far.
If you would like to review a book for The Hong Review of Books please contact the editors and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you are a publisher or author, please email us or send us a copy of the book you want us to review (we require physical copies in most cases). The HKRB postal address is below.
Editors: Alfie Bown and Kim Clarke
The HKRB is an international book review site. We are not-for-profit and have a small budget, but we do offer a small amount of remuneration to our contributors, as well as offering review copies to potential reviewers.
REVIEWS: Reviews should be somewhere between 700 and 1200 words. However, in some cases we will accept longer reviews of up to 2000 words. Your review should include the publisher and date of publication, and when you send it to us please include a short bio of yourself for publication along with your review and on the Our Reviewers page.
ESSAYS: The ‘HKRB Essays’ series treats topical and political issues across the world. We are particularly receptive to work related to Hong Kong or Mainland China, but this is not a prerequisite. Essays should be 1500-2500 words in length.
INTERVIEWS: The ‘HKRB Interviews’ series has a specific focus on critical theory and philosophy. If you want to conduct an interview on our behalf, please contact the editors.
Due to the nature of our administration it can take up to 8 weeks for contributors to receive payment. Please contact us if you have not been paid within 8 weeks of publication.
Any further questions can be directed to the editors.
HKRB Postal Address
Dr Alfie Bown, M420A, Dept of Literature, HSMC, Hang Shin Link, Sui Lek Yuen, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong.