What are the Best Practices for Book Festivals?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story and a blog post from yesterday, we discuss five different book festivals taking place across China and the UAE. In the UAE, some 70 authors will appear in Dubai at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature over just three days; a similar number will appear at the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival over …

Saudi Author Abdo Khal Wins Arabic “Booker”

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Saudi Arabian author Abdo Khal won the $60,000 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (the Arab Booker) for his novel Spewing Sparks as Big as Castles, which is also known as She Throws Sparks, and is published by Al-Jamal Publications. Taleb Alrefai, who served as chair for this year’s panel of judges, said, “The winning novel is a brilliant …

Wagenbach Verlag Wins Kurt Wolff Prize

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary This year’s The €26,000 Kurt Wolff Prize has been awarded to Klaus Wagenbach, founder and publisher of the Berlin-based Wagenbach Verlag. The award is granted each year by the Kurt Wolff Foundation to an independent publisher or publishing house. Wagenbach was honored for his decades of service to independent publishing and his dedication to preserving literary quality …

Arabic Booker’s Shortlisted Six

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The shortlist for the $60,000 International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2010 (IPAF) — better known colloquially as “The Arabic Booker” — was as announced on Tuesday at the Beirut International Book Fair in Lebanon. The shortlist of six represents submissions from five countries: Egypt: A Cloudy Day on the West Side by Muhammad Al-Mansi Qindeel (Dar Al-Shorouk) …

Global Trade Talk, Spain: Proposed Piracy Law Draws Proests; Tusquets’ Prize for Emerging Writers; Marcial Pons and Gadir Honored by Government

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The Spanish Ministry of Culture approved a new law that would allow the ministry to order the closure without judicial review of websites suspected of piracy. The move follows three years of fruitless negotiations between content creators and internet service providers, and is designed to target not individual internet users but the peer to peer (P2P) sites that …

Global Trade Talk: 753 Million French Euros for Digitization; Sem-Sanberg Wins August Prize; Thalia Takes Control of Buch.de

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Some French may not appreciate the Google Book Settlement, but at least they’re proving that they are not afraid of digitization. To wit, France’s Minister of Culture, Frederic Mitterrand, has requested 753 million euros to support the digitization of French cultural content, reports Reuters. It is estimated that the amount would cover the total …

Singapore Showcases Homegrown Literary Talent

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Marysia Juszczakiewicz SINGAPORE: When one thinks of writing from Asia and Southeast Asia, one tends to think primarily of the big nations with long, established literary traditions, such as China and Japan. But there is just as much literary action elsewhere in the East. Singapore, for example, is on a mission to find, develop and nurture creative writing at …

Global Trade Talk: Big Book Awards, US Price Wars, Germany’s Scoyo for Sale

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary On Monday, Marie NDiaye won France’s Prix Goncourt for her novel Trois puissantes femmes (Three Strong Women). Meanwhile, this past Sunday, Nam Le was awarded Australia’s richest prize for fiction, the AUS $100,000 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction for his short story collection, The Boat. The non-fiction prize, which also carries a AUS $100,000 …

Aussie’s Take Two of Germany’s Top Children’s Prizes

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Tim Coronel Australian authors Shaun Tan and Marcus Zusak have been announced as winners in two of the major categories at the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis, Germany’s most prestigious awards for children’s and YA books. [Pictured: the display of Shaun Tan’s books at the Frankfurt Book Fair by his German publisher Carlsen] The awards ceremony, held on Friday night as part …