McGraw-Hill Education Publishes Seminal Works on China's Wenchuan Earthquake

 McGraw-Hill Education Publishes Seminal Works on China's Wenchuan Earthquake

Partnership with Xinhua Winshare Group Marks Important US-China Publishing

English-Language Editions Commemorate One of the Worst Natural Disasters in
the 21st Century

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 10, 2012

NEW YORK, April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The publication of two seminal books
that illustrate the destruction caused by the Wenchuan Earthquake in May 2008
and then the miraculous reconstruction of that part of Sichuan Province four
years later, has been announced jointly by McGraw-Hill Education and Sichuan
People's Publishing House, an affiliate of the Xinhua Winshare Publishing and
Media Co. Ltd. The two illustrated books are being released and shown at this
year's London International Book Fair on April 16, 2012. Representatives from
McGraw-Hill Education, Xinhua Winshare,as well as the Minister of General
Administration of Press and Publication of the People's Republic of China,and
the Deputy Governor of Sichuan Province will be on hand to present these works
for the first time.

In addition to the launch taking place at the same time as China begins the
London International Book Fair as the "Guest of Honor" country, the
publication of these two books is significant for a number of reasons:

  oThe Wenchuan earthquake, considered one of the worst natural disasters in
    recent history, cost the lives of 87,000 men, women and children. The
    destruction of personal property was similarly catastrophic -- almost 8
    million homes were destroyed and 12 million people were left homeless. For
    the first time, English language readers will be able to grasp the scope
    of this disaster through the dramatic photography of When the Earth Shook:
    The Wenchuan Earthquake.
  oThe reconstruction of Sichuan Province was an equally remarkable event, as
    the millions of men and women of China rallied together to rebuild the
    infrastructure destroyed by the earthquake. In The Rebirth of our Land:
    Creating a More Beautiful Sichuan, readers will witness through graphic
    and dramatic photography one of the most significant reconstruction
    efforts of all time, the result of the selfless effort bestowed on the
    stricken province.
  oMcGraw-Hill Education, one of the largest publishers in the world, has
    partnered with Xinhua Winshare to bring these two works to international
    audiences. This co-publication and partnership represents the
    strengthening of McGraw-Hill's multi-decade long dedication to enhancing
    the information and education needs of China.

"The publication of these two monumental books is very meaningful to both our
companies and represents our mutual mission to share important information and
culture with international audiences," said Philip Ruppel, president of
McGraw-Hill Professional, publisher of the two books. "Western audiences must
learn about the devastation of the Wenchuan Earthquake, and they should be
witness to the miraculous reconstruction in Sichuan province. I thank the
talented editors and publishers of Sichuan People's Publishing House for their
assistance in allowing us to bring these works to our markets."

The books were put together by selecting from thousands of photographs taken
moments after the earthquake's first tremors struck the region and from photos
taken up through the time reconstruction was completed 4 years later. In full
color, almost 550 photos illustrate the earthquake's aftermath and give the
reader a real understanding of this natural calamity.

"Right after Wenchuan Earthquake, the McGraw-Hill Corporation rendered
financial aid and spiritual support to Sichuan. We are highly impressed by the
sympathy McGraw-Hill colleagues showed to the Sichuan people, as well as
McGraw-Hill editors' professionalism and commitment demonstrated in this
publishing project," said Zhu Danfeng, Director of Sichuan Provincial
Information Office. "The publication of these two important works establishes
a substantial foundation for longer term collaboration between Xinhua Winshare
and McGraw-Hill Education."

A formal ceremony marking the release of the two books is taking place in the
Market Focus Pavilion on April 16, 2012 from 11:30AM – 12:30PM at the London
International Book Fair. Both When the Earth Shook: The Wenchuan Earthquake
and The Rebirth of our Land: Creating a More Beautiful Sichuan will be
available world-wide through the globally based offices of McGraw-Hill

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