Which Transmedia Practices are Best Suited to Traditional Publishing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Transmedia is more than a fad and is becoming an popular storytelling option for content creators. Many believe that book publishing can no longer operate in a silo and must conceive of new stories with transmedia practices in mind right from scratch. At SXSW Interactive several panels offered ideas of how publishers can extension of traditional storytelling …

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 …

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 …

Prix Goncourt 2011 Debut Novel Winner Announced

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

Michel Rostain has won the 2011 Goncourt Debut Novel Prize for 2011 for his novel, The Son (Le Fils), published by Oh! Editions in Paris. The prize was announced yesterday, 1 February. Just two weeks after publication, The Son has already achieved bestseller status in France, according to Andrea Field, Foreign Rights Manager at Oh! Editions. Novels shortlisted for the …

German Book Title Production Drops 7% in 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary New releases in Germany in 2010 were once again heavily weighted toward fiction titles, which accounted for an overall share of 70% of new titles published (up from 66% in 2009). However, overall title production was down 7% compared to 2009 and 9% compared to the long-term average. According to buchreport, a total of 5431 new titles …

Hungarian for Inspiration

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

• Andrew Ervin, author of the collection of linked novellas Extraordinary Renditions discusses the woeful lack of Hungarian literature translated into English and offers a survey of titles that are available and should not be missed. By Andrew Ervin Though I lived in Budapest for over four years, from November 1994 to March 1999, my grasp of the Hungarian language …

What Germany is Reading This Week

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Gathered from Boersenblatt.net, here are the top ten fiction and nonfiction hardcover bestsellers in Germany this week. Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers in Germany (Oct 28 – Nov 3) (From Boersenblatt.net) Ken Follett: Sturz der Titanen German Publisher: Bastei Luebbe (Translated from English) Original: Fall of Giants, published by Dutton Adult Elizabeth George: Wer dem Tode geweiht …

The Best of Young German-language Lit

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Looking for a primer on the best in contemporary German-language lit? Look no further than this piece written by Ina Hartwig for Die Zeit — and translated into English. The authors discussed include Lutz Seiler, Ulrich Peltzer, David Wagner, Clemens Meyer, Marlene Streeruwitz, and others. Hartwig begins: How often has contemporary German-language literature been accused of lacking urgency? The …

UK Launches “Fiction Uncovered” to Promote Eight Underappreciated Authors

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Arts Council England has announced a major new initiative to support eight underappreciated writers in the UK with through major publicity, marketing and retail promotions with Waterstone’s, Foyles and The Book Depository. Dubbed, Fiction Uncovered, it is described as “a major new promotion to support our best fiction writers The promotion pledges to support those writers …