New River Literary is a London-based independent literary agency founded by Li Kangqin in 2019. It represents new voices from Asia, and advises UK and European publishers and agencies in the Asian market. 


Li Kangqin, originally from Nanjing, China, holds a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Leicester. She worked as a senior acquisition editor and rights manager at Shanghai 99 Readers’ Culture between 2015 and 2019. She was also a reader of, and advisor on, Chinese language books for MacLehose Press and Granta Books from 2010 to 2018.