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Young Writers' Background
Special> Youth Literature Enchantment> Young Writers' Background
UPDATED: July 1, 2009 Web Exclusive
Guo Jingming

Guo Jingming was born in Zigong, Sichuan Province, on June 6, 1983. His hobbies are watching movies, playing badminton and sleeping.

Creative experience:

In 1997, his first poem Lonely (Gu Du) was published in a national youth publication.

In 2001, as a student at Fushun Senior High School in Zigong, he won first place in the third annual New Concept national essay contest for high school students.

In 2002, he again won first place in the New Concept contest and released his first work The Edge Between Love and Pain (Ai Yu Tong De Bianyuan).

In January and November 2003, his works The City of Fantasies (Huan Cheng) and Never Flowers in Never Dreams (Meng Li Hua Luo Zhi Duoshao) were published in succession.

In 2004, he established The Island magazine and issued the first book in the Island series.

In 2005, he produced the novel Rush to the Dead Summer (Xiazhi Wei Zhi) and his first musical album, Hide and Seek (Mi Cang).

In 2006, he stopped writing the Island series, established his own company, Ke Ai, and established Top Novel, a fiction magazine.

In April 2007, he wrote lyrics for the theme song of Super Boy, the Chinese equivalent of American Idol.

In May 2007, his novel Cry Me a River (Beishang Niliu Cheng He) was published and sold over 1 million copies in its first week, reaching the top three on the bestseller list in only three days.

In August 2007, he made preface for the 13 finalists on Super Boy.

In fall 2007, he began work on his new book Tiny Times (Xiao Shidai). At the same time, however, his art director Hansey left Ke Ai along with several other editors over a salary dispute. Guo also became the youngest member of the Chinese Writers' Association and published the Golden Edition of Cry Me a River; Pangbei, the ninth book in the Island series; and The N. World.

At the end of 2007, the television drama based on Guo's Never Flowers in Never Dreams was broadcast.

In April 2008, he published Yin Qiante, the 10th book in the Island series.

In June 2008, Top Novel began a search for new literary talent with famous critics and attractive awards.

On October 1, 2008, Tiny Times was formally released, becoming the year's No.1 bestseller in only three days.

On January 4, Changjiang Literature and Arts Press invited him to be the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of its Beijing Book Center, where he would mainly oversee youth literature and magazines.

In 2009, he released the first book in the Grand Track series.

(Translated by WU WENJIA)

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