Art & Entertainment News 10/1

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Vietnamese publisher releases ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang’ Kim Dong Publishing House has released a Vietnamese version of the delightful children’s novel ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car’translated by Hoang Anh. The novel, which was first published in 1964 by Ian Fleming two months after his death, tells the story about a racing car Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a story that Fleming created for his son Caspar at bedtime. It is a tale about a magical car that flies, floats and even thinks. This enjoyable story follows Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Pott family as they embark upon adventures that take them to the sky, the sea and beyond! Familiar to many through the original book, the 1968 classic film starring Dick Van Dyke also helped mark the story an enduring classic for children and adults throughout the world. Vietnam-Japan Festive Day to blast off at Royal City Thousands of youth and students from universities, … [Read more...]

“Give me a ticket to childhood” to be released in US

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Author Nguyen Nhat Anh's novel titled "Give me a ticket to childhood" will be released in the US on October 9. The announcement came from Amazon.com, which hails the book as "the best selling book in the history of modern Viet Nam"."Cho toi xin mot ve di tuoi tho" published by Overlook Publishing House in English version, is named " Give me a Ticket to Childhood". The book has been printed 41 times, a phenomenon in the Vietnamese publishing industry. More than 350,000 copies of the book have been sold since it first hit bookshelves in 2008. A recipient of the ASEAN Literature Award 2010, the award winner has also been translated and printed in the Thailand and Korean languages. Translated by Will Naythons, the novel combines wonderful and vivid childhood memories with the reality of adult life. Author Nguyen Nhat Anh was born in 1955 in Thang Binh district, in the central province of Quang Nam. In 1973, he moved toSai Gon (Ho Chi Minh city at present) and sought to write and … [Read more...]

New English version of bestselling Vietnames children’s book to be released in US

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The new English version of a children's book by a well-loved Vietnamese author, which has been translated into different languages, is poised to be released across the U.S. in October 2014. The latest English version of the bestselling children's book "Cho Toi Xin Mot Ve Di Tuoi Tho" (Give Me a Ticket to Childhood) by acclaimed Vietnamese writer Nguyen Nhat Anh will be launched throughout the U.S. on October 9, according to Amazon.com. … [Read more...]

Nhat Anh’s book to be released in US

HA NOI (VNS) - Acclaimed author Nguyen Nhat Anh's novel Cho Toi Xin Mot Ve Di Tuoi Tho (Give Me a Ticket to Childhood) will be released in the US on December 9. This has been announced by Amazon.com, which hails the book as "the best selling book in the history of modern Viet Nam". The availability of the book in English also marks "the arrival in English of a hugely appealing and engaging author," says the website. Translated by Will Naythons, the novel combines wonderful and vivid childhood memories with the reality of adult life. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 31/3

Vietnamese guitarist defeats 200 to win Yale scholarship Vietnamese guitarist Tran Tuan An has defeated some 200 international students to win a seat at the world's prestigious Yale School of Music. An's father, Tran Quang Tuan, said he had applied for admission to a master's programme at 20 universities in the USA and was accepted by all of them. An enrolls in the Master of Music programme in guitar this fall because it offers the best choice. As a student at North Park University's School of Music, Chicago, US, An became the 39th student to be honoured as a Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in November 2013. He also earned first prize in the 2013 Society of American Musicians Guitar Competition, as well as the Evanston Music Club 2013 Scholarship, along with other prizes in Viet Nam. Now in its second century of service, the Yale School of Music enjoys a tradition of excellence that reflects its distinguished faculty and alumni. Each year, the school offers … [Read more...]

Manga wins readers’ choice prize

Popular reads: The 10 books chosen as readers' favourites that were awarded prizes by the HCM City Book Distribution Corporation. — File Photo

HCM CITY (VNS)— Japanese detective manga series Detective Conan written and illustrated by Gosho Aoyama won the golden prize for favourite book voted by readers across the country. The manga, published in Viet Nam in 2000 by the Kim Dong Publishing House, received 7.18 per cent of total votes. The biennial prize was given by the HCM City Book Distribution Corporation (FAHASA) to 10 favourite books in Viet Nam. The silver prizes were awarded to Singaporean best-seller writer Adam Khoo's I Am Gifted, So Are You! and Japanese detective manga series Doraemon written and illustrated by Fujiko F. Fujio. Dale Carnegie's famous book How to Win Friends and Influence People and Vietnamese best-seller author Nguyen Nhat Anh's novel Cho Toi Xin Mot Ve Di Tuoi Tho were awarded the bronze prizes. Le Thi Thu Huyen, FAHASA's deputy general director, said the prizes reflected reading trends of Vietnamese who were paying more attention to books on living skills and entertaining books. She … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 6/3

Hue will host a folk music festival in May, gathering performance artists from a range of troupes from central Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

Hue gathers regional musicians for folk music festival According to the Thua Thien-Hue Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the festival will be held to promote unique forms of folk music and aid the preservation of traditional music, threatened by the popularity of modern art forms. The festival will also serve as a platform for folk artists to exchange and train young artists, including vocalists and traditional musical instrument performers. Shows at the festival will include solo and group performances, featuring the distinctive tunes and melodies of each locality. In addition to folk art troupes, the festival will attract guest groups from the Hue club in HCM City, the Hue band in Voice of Viet Nam, and the Hue Music Academy. Ca Hue, or Hue tunes, is a unique art form that was developed by feudal mandarin families during the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945). It later spread, becoming a common form of folk music. Children's book tells pigs' story Veteran author … [Read more...]

Chuc Mot Ngay Tot Lanh: latest book for children

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The Hanoitimes - The 290-page book, Chuc Mot Ngay Tot Lanh (Have a Good Day), is brought to life with 40 illustrations by talented artist Do Hoang Tuong and tells the story of two little pigs, Lo Noi and Deo No, as they discover the world together. As in his previous books, Anh's latest offering highlights the beauty of friendship and love, with his usual flair and imagination. More than 38,000 copies of the book have been printed by the city's Tre Publishing House, and already they have announced the reprint of another 15,000 copies. The official book signing is at Le Van Tam Park on March 25, and is expected to attract hundreds of young and adult readers. Anh will then continue his travels, and will be introducing his new book to fans all over Viet Nam. "Anh's books are popular with both children and adults because they are full of mythical beings and brave characters," said Nguyen Thi Ngoc Oanh, mother of two. "I love reading Anh's books because he always listens to his … [Read more...]

Children’s book tells pigs’ story

HCM CITY (VNS) — Veteran author Nguyen Nhat Anh's latest book for children will hit bookshops in HCM City tomorrow. The 290-page book, Chuc Mot Ngay Tot Lanh (Have a Good Day), is brought to life with 40 illustrations by talented artist Do Hoang Tuong and tells the story of two little pigs, Lo Noi and Deo No, as they discover the world together. As in his previous books, Anh's latest offering highlights the beauty of friendship and love, with his usual flair and imagination. More than 38,000 copies of the book have been printed by the city's Tre Publishing House, and already they have announced the reprint of another 15,000 copies. The official book signing is at Le Van Tam Park on March 25, and is expected to attract hundreds of young and adult readers. Anh will then continue his travels, and will be introducing his new book to fans all over Viet Nam. "Anh's books are popular with both children and adults because they are full of mythical beings and brave characters," said … [Read more...]

Vietnamese novels hit Japan best seller list

(VOV) -Novels - Kinh Van Hoa (kaleidoscope) and Cho Toi Xin Mot Ve Di Tuoi Tho (Give me a ticket to childhood)- penned by Nguyen Nhat Anh have been cited among Japan's top best-sellers. Int'l readers interested in Vietnamese books Festival highlights books and reading culture Korean- Vietnamese fairytale to hit bookshelf The books translated from Vietnamese into Japanese have been cited by high profile Japanese Ten-Books Publisher as among the "top 105 best-sellers" in the nation. The publication is widely circulated throughout the world including the UK, US, Canada and the Republic of Korea. Kinh Van Hoa which also made the "top 50 best-sellers" short list, has set a milestone as the first novel to receive such a high ranking with sales in the millions while Cho Toi Xin Mot Ve Di Tuoi Tho is gaining notoriety as a humorous and interesting novel, baring the fresh soul of the writer. The publication aims to introduce readers to basic information about most-sought after books … [Read more...]

Vietnamese writer’s work featured in Japanese publication

Vietnamese writer Nguyen Nhat Anh poses next to the 105 Currently Most Read Books in the World book by Japanese Ten-Books Publisher. — Photo tuoitre.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — Short stories penned by Vietnamese writer Nguyen Nhat Anh, who has millions of young fans in Viet Nam, were featured in a publication that was recently released in Japan. A book published by the Japanese Ten-Books Publisher, 105 Currently Most Read Books in the World, features articles about 83 writers and their works, including the Kinh Van Hoa (Kaleidoscope) and Cho Toi Xin Mot Ve Di Tuoi Tho (Give Me a Ticket Back to Childhood) by Anh. The short stories included in the Japanese-language book were selected after taking into consideration their high circulation in the writer's home country. All of the named books have not yet been translated into the Japanese language or published in Japan. Anh is the only Vietnamese writer whose work was featured in the Japanese book. "I hope the book will prompt Japanese publishers to further popularise foreign literature in Japan," the 59-year-old writer said. - VNS … [Read more...]

Korean translation of VN kids’ book to come home

The Dasan Books Publisher in Seoul first published the translation in Korea in June.

Nguyen Nhat Anh, a celebrated kids' writer, announced that the Korean translation of his bestselling book "Cho toi xin mot ve di tuoi tho" (Give me one ticket back to childhood) is on its way back to Vietnam. Jeong Hae Yeong did the translation based on the English version, which the Korean publisher purchased from its American counterpart, Hannacroix Creek Books, in 2011 with Anh's consent. Anh said he will buy some 50 to 100 Korean copies and put them up for sale at his Kinh Van Hoa bookstore. His book was earlier translated into Thai by Dr. Montira Rato and published in 2010. The original book has sold some 200,000 copies in Vietnam and has been on the local bestseller list since debuting in 2008. In late 2010, "Cho Toi Xin Mot Ve Di Tuoi Tho" earned its author the Southeast Asian (SEA) Writer Award, which has been given away since 1979 by the Thai Royal Family to writers from each member state of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The novel, which … [Read more...]

Thai novel gets local release

Thai writer Prabhassorn Sevikul. Photo: VNA

Vietnamese readers were given a unique opportunity to gain insight into the world of Thai literature on August 19, when Thai writer Prabhassorn Sevikul's acclaimed novel 'Time in a Bottle' was released in Hanoi. It tells the story of teenage boy Nat and his fledgling experiences with first love, friendship, happiness, sorrow and loss. The author expects that throughout the story, Vietnamese readers will be able to understand the people, society and culture of Thailand. Sevikul also shares his own childhood memories in the renowned book which has been re-published 39 times and translated into several languages. Sevikul was born in 1948 in Bangkok. He joined Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1969 and has worked as a diplomat ever since. He started his writing career when he was a teenager with poems and short stories before penning his first novel in 1982. To date, he has written more than 60 novels. Sevikul has received many literature prizes for his books, … [Read more...]

Thai novel introduces literature, culture

Thai writer Prabhassorn Sevikul

HA NOI (VNS)- Vietnamese readers were given a unique opportunity to gain insight into the world of Thai literature yesterday, when Thai writer Prabhassorn Sevikul's acclaimed novel Time in a Bottle was released in Ha Noi. It tells the story of teenage boy Nat and his fledgling experiences with first love, friendship, happiness, sorrow and loss. The author expects that throughout the story, Vietnamese readers will be able to understand the people, society and culture of Thailand. Sevikul also shares his own childhood memories in the renowned book which has been re-published 39 times and translated into several languages. Sevikul was born in 1948 in Bangkok. He joined Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1969 and has worked as a diplomat ever since. He started his writing career when he was a teenager with poetry and short stories before penning his first novel in 1982. To date, he has written more than 60 novels. Sevikul has received many literature prizes for his books, while … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 8/6

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Laos launches contest on Vietnam-Laos special relations The Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee (LPRPCC) Commission for Communication and Training (CCT) launched a contest on the history of the traditional Vietnam-Laos special relationship in Vientiane on June 6. Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee Cheuang Sombounkhan addressing the launching. (Photo: VOV) Contestants can either take part in the written or oral competition which runs throughout this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries and the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year 2012. Addressing the launching, LPRPCC Secretary and Head of the CCT, Cheuang Sombounkhan, said that the contest aims to help people in both countries, particularly the younger generation, know more about the history of the time-honoured Vietnam-Laos friendship and also promote the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation … [Read more...]

Writers discuss future of children’s literature

HA NOI — Literature for children is a fat land to exploit, writer Phong Diep said at a seminar held by the Vietnamese Writers' Association (VWA) in Ha Noi yesterday. The event aimed to provide writers who have written many books for children and representatives of book companies and publishing houses a chance to discuss the current situation of literature and its development. While many people consider reading culture in Viet Nam to be degrading and many writers complained that they faced difficulties, Diep said writers of children's fiction had many opportunities. "Previously, only Kim Dong Publishing House released books for children, now the market is full of companies operating in this field," she said, adding "the number of children's books has been increasing and are on display everywhere." Diep pointed out that translated works held the upper hand in the market of children's books with best-sellers being translated into Vietnamese to help young readers approach the … [Read more...]

Veteran writer releases new kids’ book

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HCM CITY — Veteran author Nguyen Nhat Anh's latest book for children has been released in HCM City. Feeding Imaginations: Writer Nguyen Nhat Anh writes a dedication in his latest book Co Hai Con Meo Ngoi Ben Cua So.—File Photo Available in bookstores around the country, the 210-page book, Co Hai Con Meo Ngoi Ben Cua So (There Are Two Cats Sitting on a Window), has 67 lively illustrations by artist Do Hoang Tuong. The book tells stories about a cat, Gau, and a little mouse, Ti Hon, as they discover the world together. As in his previous books, Anh's latest offering highlights the beauty of friendship, love and dreams with the flair and imagination that has come to be associated with the author. More than 12,000 copies of the book have been printed by the Tre (Youth) Publishing House, which has signed a copyright deal with Anh to republish many of his books. The book signing event attracted hundreds of young and adult readers to the Tao Dan Park on Friday, the … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 1/6

Children's best selling author to bring out new book Nguyen Nhat Anh, children's best selling author, will present his latest book 'Co Hai Con Meo Ngoi Ben Cua So' (There Are Two Cats On The Window) for his little readers this summer. The book tells about the friendship between Gau, a poet cat and Ti Hon,a painter mouse. They share their love for a cat, Ao Hoa, and a mouse, Ut Hoa and share happy dreams with each other. Twelve thousand of copies of the book will be released nationwide on International Children's Day on June 1. Nguyen Nhat Anh is a favourite author of children, teenagers and adults. His well-known novels recently published include Toi la Beto (I am Beto); Cho Toi Xin Mot Ve Di Tuoi Tho (Give me a ticket to childhood); Dao Mong Mo (Dream Island); and Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh (I see yellow flowers on green grass). Anh was granted the Southeast Asian Writer Award last year for the book Cho Toi Xin Mot Ve Di Tuoi Tho (Give me a ticket to childhood). Third … [Read more...]