Oct 13, 2011 - Source: IMG

Penguin Publishing Acquires Chinese Language Rights to Inspirational Book

Global sports, fashion and media company, IMG Worldwide, today announced an agreement  between its client, Chinese tennis phenom, Li Na and International publisher, Penguin Books for the acquisition of Chinese language rights to an inspirational memoir by the global tennis champion.

The book, provisionally titled “How to Go West and Win”, will be co-published with a Chinese partner in early 2012.  Li Na, the first Asian winner of a tennis Grand Slam tournament, will speak to her fans through this, her first book, about how she succeeded at the very highest levels of the game, offering insights and tips into harnessing personal passions to win against the odds.

Max Eisenbud, Li Na’s manager at IMG Worldwide, said, “Li Na is the most successful tennis player in China’s history and an inspiration to millions of Chinese.  Her book will explain how she did it.”

Li Na said,  “I hope my story can inspire people of all ages and I look forward to working with Penguin to on the book.”

Jo Lusby, Managing Director of Penguin China, added, “We are privileged to be able to work with Li Na to share her insights into the highs and lows of professional sport. With her reputation as a thoughtful, intelligent, straight talker, we believe this book will provide a fascinating window into the life of a professional sports player in China. This is a book that will not only appeal to fans of tennis, but also to those in China who are striving for success in this changing and dynamic country.”

The book will be published ahead of the 2012 French Open, timed for the first anniversary of Li Na’s landmark 2011 success in Paris.