One of five “missing” Hong Kong booksellers who was detained on the mainland returned to the city Friday and met police, the government said, in a case that has provoked fears of increasing Chinese interference in the semi-autonomous region.
Lui Por, who has been missing since October, was among three of the booksellers who Hong Kong police said earlier this week would be released on bail.
“Police met with Lui Por, who returned to Hong Kong from the mainland, this morning,” a brief government statement released late Friday said.
“Lui requested to have his missing persons case closed and expressed that there was no need for assistance from the Hong Kong government or police,” it said, adding he refused to provide any more information.
Hong Kong police had said that Lui and his counterparts Cheung Chi Ping and Lam Wing Kee, would all be released on bail. However, police on Friday were not able to immediately provide information about Lam and Cheung when contacted by AFP.
Step by Step: In her latest novel, “A Girl’s Guide to Moving On” — new at No. 2 on the hardcover fiction list — Debbie Macomber tells the story of a woman inspired to leave her own unhappy marriage when her daughter-in-law files for divorce; as they fumble toward independence, the two lean on each other for support and grow closer than they ever were as actual relatives. “A lot of my books have to do with forgiveness,” Macomber has said. “I don’t know why that’s so important to me, but it seems to be a common theme.” Macomber is a regular on the fiction list, often for series novels about knitting or Christmas or new beginnings (as this one is, although the only knitting in it involves the tangling of human limbs). But the work didn’t always come easy. “When I started out 35 years ago,” she told a newspaper in Savannah, Ga., recently, “I saw a quote from Phyllis Whitney: ‘There has never been an easy time to sell a book.’ I wanted this more than I ever wanted anything in my life. I got rejected so fast, my manuscripts would hit me in the back of the head on my way back from the post office.” But Macomber never gave up. “It has a lot to do with stubbornness and desire,” she said, adding that she similarly trained herself to run despite a lack of athletic ability. In both cases, “It was making myself stick to it until I could do it. It got to the point where it didn’t hurt anymore