Photos from SXSW Interactive, Day One

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Publishing Perspectives is in Austin, Texas for one of the biggest web and interactive events of the year, South by Southwest! With hundreds of panels, thousands of attendees and free giveaways every five feet, this is a huge event. We’ll be covering more throughout the conference. Yesterday, we took some time to look around. Check out our …

Germany’s De Gruyter Tests PDA…Patron Driven Acquisition, That Is

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German academic publisher De Gruyter is teaming up with the Forschungszentrum Jülich to test out an acquisition model that aims to better align library spending with customer demand. With “Patron Driven Acquisition” (i.e. acquisition that is determined by customers), a library borrows or purchases a book only when there is a specific demand for it. According to …

The View from the (Highbrow) Bottom: The Life of the NYC Lit Assistant

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg I had to look up what Moscots were before I got very far in Kat Stoeffel’s much-forwarded article about “highbrow bottom-feeders,” or, New York publishing assistants. Moscots, it turns out, are glasses, and, combined with a belted sweater dress, are the uniform of Ms. Stoeffel’s stereotype – an East-Coast-educated, hyper-literate, employer-idolizing, cliquish, either hardworking or pretty girl …

Book Review: Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson As might be guessed from its title, one of the primary characters (14-year-old Skippy) dies within this novel’s first few pages. After that unexpected death, which interrupts a doughnut-eating contest between roommates, the narrative jumps backwards in time to cover the events leading up to that fateful event. Along the way, Skippy Dies touches on every imaginable component of …

Win a Copy of Happy Birthday, Turk!

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

Jakob Arjouni’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TURK! is a hard-boiled crime story set in Frankfurt’s red light district. It is also the March Book of the Month pick from the German Book Office. Want to win a free copy? Send your name and mailing address to gregg (at) newyork.gbo.org. (Contest open to residents of the continental US only, while supplies last.) From …

Mathias Énard’s Zone: Brilliance in a Single 517 Page Sentence

In Book Review by Guest Contributor

By Dennis Abrams It really shouldn’t work at all — Matias Énard’s Zone. This novel, the story of Francis Servain Mirkovic, fighter in the Balkan Wars, spy, and amateur historian, traveling from Milan to Rome by train, carrying a briefcase filled with names, photos, and information about the violent history of the lands surrounding the Mediterranean – the “Zone,” as …

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 …

Myth and Memory in South Africa: David Schmahmann’s Ivory from Paradise

In Author Interview by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The year 2011 marks the end of a busy decade for Boston-based novelist David Schmahmann. It was a period that he spent thinking, exploring and writing a great deal about his birthplace…South Africa. The decade was bookended by the publication of two seminal books about the country: 2001’s John Gardner Book Award-winning Empire Settings, a drama about the relationship …

Germany’s Non-fiction Book Market

In German Buch News by Guest Contributor

This article originally appeared in Über:blick — German Book Industry Insight, a publication produced by the Frankfurt Book Fair. DOWNLOAD: the complete Über:blick issue (PDF). By Christine Proske Bestseller Lists Reflect the State of the Country In my opinion, the non-fiction bestseller lists are always a reflection of the sensitivities of a people. At the beginning of the 1990s, after …

Apply Now for the Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship Programme

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

Starting now, publishers, editors and rights professionals from all over the world can apply for the Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship Programme 2011. The application deadline for this prestigious support programme is 30 April 2011. The focus of the programme, which has been held every year since 1998 in the run-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair, is on networking and encouraging …