2011 Cape Town Book Fair Canceled

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Organizers of the Cape Town Book Fair (CTBF) announced today that the fair will not take place in 2011. However, the fair is scheduled to relaunch in 2012 to coincide with the scheduled IPA Congress in Cape Town. Claudia Kaiser, the director of the CTBF and VP of Business Development for the Frankfurt Book Fair released the …

Scottish Publishers Receive Grants to Attend Int’l Book Fairs

In Global Trade Talk by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg Publishing Scotland recently announced the second year of its Go-See Grants, which provide financial support for Scottish publishers to attend international book fairs. Backed financially by Creative Scotland, the aim of the grant is to increase opportunity for Scottish publishers of fiction, poetry, children’s, and select nonfiction to buy and sell rights abroad. Priority will be given …

Sharjah’s Int’l Book Fair Makes a Big Push for UK and US Publishers

In Digital by Roger Tagholm

• Sharjah’s International Book Fair, October 26 to November 6, emphasizes collaboration with western publishers. • Several new awards were bestowed at this year’s Fair to highlight excellence in English-language publishing. By Roger Tagholm SHARJAH, UAE: It was a good day for Chicago at the Sharjah International Book Fair’s inaugural international awards, presented by His Highness Sheik Dr. Sultan bin …

Lebanon’s Francophone Book Fair Honors Camus, Features Local, Int’l Talents

In Arabic Publishing by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Opening on the heels of the Francophone summit in Montreux, Switzerland – Lebanon’s 17th Francophone book fair kicks off this Thursday in Beirut and runs until November 7th. Articles about the former French protectorate regularly lament the loss of French speakers to English but the Beirut event has nevertheless gained the status of being the third Francophone …

The American Gentleman: Roger Straus in Frankfurt

In Europe by Guest Contributor

• At first publisher Roger Straus was reticent to come to Germany for a book fair, but once he did, the legendary publisher made friends, struck deals, and left a lasting legacy By Boris Kachka Roger W. Straus, Jr., the exuberant founder of Farrar, Straus & Giroux who died in 2004, carried himself like a born leader, a man who …

The Beginning of Amazon en Español?

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams On Friday, the last day of Spain’s LIBER book fair, a rumor emerged on finance website Cinco Días that set the halls abuzzing: internet giant Amazon was finally preparing to enter the Spanish market through the acquisition of BuyVIP.com, an ecommerce company based in Madrid, with operations in Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Poland and the Netherlands. (To …

Unraveling the Mysteries of Nordic Publishing in Göteborg

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

• The Göteborg Book Fair, Scandinavia’s largest book event, starts this Friday, with Africa as the featured region, with more than 70 writers from the continent attending. • Scandinavian writers are hot all over the world and the fair’s timing just prior to Frankfurt offers a preview what’s likely to be featured from the Nordic countries at the big show. …