Chinese Rights to Dallas Author's Middle Grade Novel Thanksgiving at the Inn Acquired by China Renmin University Press

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Chinese publisher China Renmin University Press has acquired Chinese rights to holiday-centric family novel Thanksgiving at the Inn. Thanksgiving at the Inn, written by Dallas, Texas resident and author Tim Whitney, was originally published in 2009 by Bancroft Press.

Thanksgiving at the Inn is a holiday novel written by Dallas, Texas resident and author Tim Whitney.

A Chinese edition of middle grade novel Thanksgiving at the Inn (Bancroft Press, 2009) will be published by China Renmin University Press.

It's a tremendous honor to think of young adults reading my coming-of-age tale about the power of Thanksgiving in Chinese.

Thanks to a deal between Baltimore, Maryland’s Bancroft Press and Beijing’s China Renmin University Press, Thanksgiving is coming to China.

As of December 27, 2011, China Renmin University Press controls Chinese rights to Thanksgiving at the Inn, published in 2009 by Bancroft Press. Written by Dallas, Texas resident and author Tim Whitney, and set in Massachusetts, Thanksgiving at the Inn, a novel of “family and forgiveness,” tells the story of a boy learning to forgive his father in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

The deal was brokered in the United States by Don Lessne of Rights & Distribution, Inc., and in China, Shanghai specifically, by Big Apple Agency, described in a 2010 Forbes Asia Magazine article as China’s largest literary agency.

“It’s a thrill,” says Bancroft publisher Bruce Bortz. “Thanksgiving at the Inn is a wonderful family novel, and it’s been a great holiday book for us for the last three years. We’re delighted to be able to share this story with readers in China.”

China Renmin University Press, established in 1955, was the first college press to form following the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Affiliated with Renmin University of China, China Renmin University Press describes its goal as “publishing exquisite textbooks and academic works and grooming extraordinary talents of humanities and social sciences.” But the press has long been publishing all sorts of books, becoming “a large-size comprehensive publishing group.”

China Renmin University Press will be publishing a Chinese-language version of the novel, printed in simplified characters.

According to author Whitney, “it’s a tremendous honor to think of young adults reading my coming-of-age tale about the power of Thanksgiving in Chinese.”

Thanksgiving at the Inn is Whitney’s first book, but a second has just been published by Bancroft Press: The Fast Track 50: The Get-Ahead Guide for Temporary Employees, a guide book that makes use of Whitney’s day job as vice president at Naturich Labs and International Products Group to help temporary workers achieve full-time employment.

Whether The Fast Track 50 will also be published in China remains to be seen, though Bortz believes it a natural not just for that large market, but also for India.

Thanksgiving at the Inn has also been published as a paperback, and was performed in Portland, Maine as a play as part of Whitney’s charitable organization A Play for Food.

Leading independent house Bancroft Press has published some of the country’s best fiction and nonfiction over the past two decades.

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