Stuff I just learned abroad:
* The Mandarin Version of SMOGTOWN: THE LUNG-BURNING HISTORY OF POLLUTION IN LOS ANGELES, was voted in 2014, the “Most Influential Book in China, the Best (Translated) Book, and an official National Library Recommended Book. More details about these commendations as they become available. Our house there is Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers. A few months later, on October 13, The Overlook Press/Penguin Group U.S.A. will publish SMOGTOWN the paperback. Inside it is postscript on the global pollution outlook.
Stuff I just confirmed abroad:
* The Mandarin Version of THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHEMICALS will be published next month by The Central Party School Publishing House. We can’t wait to hear the reaction.
Al Gore was the featured speaker at the first-ever China-U.S. Clean Air Conference held on the outskirts of Beijing in late July. I was lucky enough to be one of the keynote speakers, and despite a bout of laryngitis, I gave the talk I wanted to about smog-crazy 1950′s Los Angeles, signed and sold a few cartons of books, tripped around the city, took a couple of harrowing taxi rides and sussed — intellectually and in my lungs — the enormity of reversing China’s air pollution crisis. More about this later.