About the Author

Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije is a journalist and editor based in Paris who writes about translation, literature, graphic novels, the Middle East, and multiculturalism. She is the author of three books and has contributed to newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Global Post, and The New York Times.

Paris’ Salon du Livre Hosts International Editors Under New Fellowship Program

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Le MOTif, the Paris regional government’s book and writing “observatory” is launching a French Fellowship program in conjunction with the Salon du Livre, which opens today. The Paris book fair will run for four, rather than six days, has extended its opening hours and reduced stand prices by 17%. Publishing companies such as Hachette Livre, which had …

Can Book Fairs and Cultural Institutions Change International Perceptions?

In Discussion by Olivia Snaije

The UAE is spending billions on culture, book fairs and building museums, including a new Louvre. French architecture expert Philip Jodidio talks about why. By Olivia Snaije and Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at four book festivals that have sprung up in cities that are more closely associated with business than culture. Among them is Abu Dhabi. What’s interesting …

A Second Helping of Edouard Cointreau’s Paris Cookbook Fair

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Last year Edouard Cointreau, the force behind the Gourmand Cookbook Awards, extended his reach further into the professional culinary world and launched the Paris Cookbook Fair, a trade fair exclusively dedicated to books about food and drink. Yesterday, on a brilliantly sunny Sunday in Paris, the second edition of the Fair ended and while the final count …

Bhutanese Cuisine, Charity Books Among Winners of 2011 Gourmand Cookbook Awards

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Gourmand’s 16th Awards took place last night at Paris’ famed music hall, Les Folies Bergeres, following the opening yesterday of the second Paris Cookbook Fair (from which we’ll have our report on Monday). For over two hours Edouard Cointreau’s ever-growing cookbook awards ceremony paid homage to chefs, publishers, photographers and designers, this year with a penchant for …

Timely, Prescient: Libyan Fiction Featured in New Banipal Magazine

In Arabic Publishing by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije When I mentioned to Banipal magazine’s publisher Margaret Obank that their timing was uncanny, Obank answered, “Yes, we thought so too.” The preeminent magazine on Arabic language fiction in translation, Banipal’s 40th issue, out this past Monday, is dedicated to Libyan literature. Their previous issue was on Tunisia and back issues of number 38 on Yemen can …

Arabic and Hebrew: The Politics of Literary Translation

In Growth Markets by Olivia Snaije

This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Olivia Snaije Anyone involved in the art of translation knows the delicate balancing act it entails: remaining faithful to the original text but allowing the work to stand on its own in its new incarnation. It also …

The Woman Who Finally Told Her Side of the Story: Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg Larsson, Actes Sud and the Languages In Between

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: The story of Eva Gabrielsson, the late Stieg Larsson’s partner of 23 years is well known: following Larsson’s sudden and tragic death just before publication of the first Millennium book, Gabrielsson was stripped of her rights to the Millennium books and any of the estate because of Swedish inheritance law. (Larsson had worked tirelessly against racism …

Updates from Egypt: Cairo Publisher’s Offices Attacked

In Arabic Publishing by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The chairman of one of Egypt’s largest publishing houses, Dar El Shorouk, said Mubarak loyalists tried to attack the offices of his independent newspaper, Al Shorouk, today in the upscale neighbourhood of Mohandeseen. In a telephone interview, Ibrahim El Mouallem said that pro-regime protesters attempted to storm the building but the guards, journalists and neighbours were able …