Author Archives: Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for children’s publishing and media. He’s also the author of more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers, a restaurant critic, and a literary blogger.

In China: Top 10 Titles Tackling New Territory, Translations

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Time Out offers a top 10 list of new Chinese books that defy cliché, while Bruce Humes lists the “most influential” translations of 2014.

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Open Letter Book’s Chad Post on the State of Translation

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Open Letter Books publisher Chad Post talks with Caitlyn Christensen at Sampsonia Way about the contemporary literary scene, publishing and translation.

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In Agra, Literature and Reading is “Dying a Slow Death”

In Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, young people are abandoning books for digital distractions.

Writing for the Times of India, Ishita Mishra describes the declining literary landscape in Agra as fewer people visit libraries and bookstores in the city.

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Translating the Untranslated Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov's stories and plays remain beloved and there's a treasure trove still to be mined for translation.

The Anton Chekhov Foundation is working to produce English translations of 528 of the author’s earliest, still untranslated works.

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Blinkist Condenses Nonfiction Books to 15-Minute Audiobooks

Blinkist

Berlin-based Blinkist condenses nonfiction books down to key points called blinks and is offering an app that delivers books as 15-minute audio summaries.

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Hispabooks: Spain Beyond Orwell and Hemingway

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Madrid’s Hispabooks is at the vanguard of bringing modern Spanish authors and books to English-language readers.

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Haven’t Finished Reading that Bestseller? You’re Not Alone

The Goldfinch

Kobo has released data about how many people finish ebook bestsellers and data indicates that purchasing a book is no indication of willingness to read it.

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Hachette Tests if Gumroad Can Sell Books on Twitter

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Hachette has partnered with Gumroad, a company that enables direct sales through Twitter, to see if the social media platform can sell books.

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The Challenge of Translating Infinite Jest Into Portuguese

David Foster Wallace's magnum opus Infinite Jest has just been translated into Portuguese.

At The Millions, Glenn H. Shepard interviewed the Portuguese translator of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest about the challenges of the project.

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Shortlist for New UK YA Fiction Prize Announced

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The first UK prize for Young Adult fiction has picked ten titles from dystopian and sci-fi literature to comedy, horror and drama to honor on its shortlist.

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