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Phoenix Publishing wins top copyright prize

Updated: 2016-12-10

Bronze and Sunflower, a bestselling children's book written by Cao Wenxuan, China's first Hans Christian Andersen Award winner, has won the creativity award at the 2016 WIPO-NCAC Copyright Awards held in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on Dec 5.

The prize was awarded by Wang Binying, deputy director-general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and Yan Xiaohong, deputy head of the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC).

The book is a touching story about a girl named Sunflower who follows her father from the city to a village where she falls in love with rural life and befriends a mute county boy named Bronze. First published in 2005 by Phoenix Juvenile & Children's Publishing, a subsidiary of Phoenix Publishing and Media Inc., the novel has won several national book prizes. Since 2008, its copyrights have been sold to 11 countries including UK, Germany, France, Italy, Vietnam, and South Korea.

The English version has been published by Walker Books and won the Pen Award in the UK. Another English translation, published by Phoenix Juvenile and Children's Publishing, was the only contemporary children's novel included in the 2015 London China Book Festival and is on sale in major British bookstores.

The WIPO-NCAC Copyright Awards is hosted every two years and the awards stand as the pinnacle of prestige in China's copyright sector.

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