MaLa – the China Bookworm Literary Journal is an annually published online journal based in Chengdu, China. Our objective is to bring to the forefront the variety of voices and perspectives emerging from China through short fiction, literary non-fiction, translated works from Chinese to English, poetry and visual art. We operate mutually with the Bookworm’s mission to spread art and culture, and share individual insights.
Why “MaLa”? Read editor Peter Goff’s letter explaining this “impish concoction” of peppercorn prickle and chili spice at the heart of Sichuan cuisine which represents the creativity, passion and originality at the heart of our Journal.
Previous issues of MaLa are available at the Chengdu Bookworm, Renmin Nan Lu, Section 4, #28, Yu Jie East Street, No 2-7, Chengdu, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year’s Issue 3, Arrivals and Departures, presented new writing from China and beyond that focused on the shifts in perception and meaning inherent in changing location. Arrivals and Departures is an apt theme for a journal based in a city undergoing transformation, and in a nation in transition.
The MaLa Literary Journal is supported by the members of the Chengdu Bookworm Writing Group, and bolstered by voices from around the country as well as established names who have made appearances in Bookworm venues in China. Like the previous issues of the journal and the fiery alliance that gives it its name, MaLa III is an East-West collusion, a crossing of borders and boundaries. We hope you enjoy the journey.
Featured in this issue:
- Fiction of homecoming and leave taking by Alai, Liao Hui, Deng Shun;
Leaving for the City: Tom Miller on the impact and implications of China’s urbanization;
Lionel Shriver on visiting China, writing character and receiving criticism;
Björn Wahlström on leaving Shanghai for Hong Kong;
Poetry by Guo Liang, CJ Bowerbird, Ashley Reynolds, William Ellis, Elizabeth Schultz;
Space, Time and its Body Pioneers: Sophia Kidd explores live art and new media in Chengdu;
Images, including Handmade Collage and Digital Media, by Kelsey Parks and Leslie Mills.
去年的第3期杂志 [来与去] 呈现了中国内外有关所处地点变化所带来的认知变化和其中固有的含义。“来与去”对于一个不断变化着的城市和转型过程中的国家来说，是一个非常合适的主题。