A Little Slap-and-Tickle: The Double Life of Author/Bookseller Deborah Willis

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

By Deborah Willis VICTORIA, B.C.: In one of my lives, I’m a writer. This means, essentially, that I contemplate the human experience while wearing my pajamas. This writer –– let’s call her Deborah Willis––prefers to be alone. Her shoulders are hunched from bending over a notebook and her eyes are strained from the computer screen. Fortunately, there’s another me, and …

BEA 2010 Finale: Digital and Print Learn to Co-exist, Russia is Focus for 2012

In Editorial & Opinion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka If one were to summarize what could be learned from BEA 2010, it might be this: Print and Digital are learning to co-exist. Several deals announced during the show, including Baker and Taylor’s agreement to work with LibreDigital for expanded digital content distribution, Penguin’s announcement that is has worked out an arrangement with Amazon to once again …

We Are All Poets Now

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Nina de Gramont In the late nineties, when I was just a couple years out of graduate school, something happened to me that all young writers dream about: I got a two book deal from a big New York publishing house. I remember the phone call exactly, where I was standing, which windows were open, and the temperature …

Sebastian Junger, War Tourist

In Editorial & Opinion, Resources by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Lewis Manalo NEW YORK: As a sapper in the 82nd Airborne Division I took part in combat missions in Eastern Afghanistan during deployments in 2002 and 2003. A sapper’s main role on missions was to trek along in support of the infantry, sweeping for land mines and blowing up weapons caches and unexploded ordinance. Other times, we participated …

Face Time

In Editorial & Opinion by Thomas Minkus

Editorial by Thomas Minkus, VP, Frankfurt Book Fair NEW YORK: We in the publishing community tend to take book fairs for granted: dreading the preparation and extra work, facing questions about how much time and resources are necessary to attend, arranging for time away from the home and office. Only unforeseen events that disrupt our attendance, like 9/11 or the …

Volcano Threatens London Book Fair’s Digital Day

In Editorial & Opinion by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury By now it’s well known that plumes of volcanic ash from an eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in southern Iceland have drifted across the Atlantic to cover Europe at high altitude. The ash is damaging to aircraft engines and the UK National Air Traffic Service announced that all the country’s airports have been shut down until at …

What’s Bedeviling Paris’ Salon du Livre?

In Editorial & Opinion by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: It should be an occasion for celebration — it’s the 30th anniversary, after all — but Paris’ Salon du Livre opens today in a climate of sniping and mudslinging. It’s “the fair we love to hate,” quipped Nicolas Gary on his literary blog, Actualitté. For years, French publishers have been complaining that the fair is neither …