Book Review: Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke (China)

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson In Yan Lianke’s novel, Dream of Ding Village, a remote, agricultural village in China suffers from an AIDS epidemic. Ten years ago, the inhabitants of Ding Village sold their blood to blood collectors to increase their wealth and improve their standard of living. While the blood sales allowed the villagers to replace their traditional mud and thatch huts …

Can Publishers Cash In on Video Gamers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

The game L.A. Noire has sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. If Mulholland Books gets even a fraction of that audience to buy its companion book of fiction, it will surely cash in. By Edward Nawotka The video game industry is a behemoth. In financial terms, it represents some $10.9 billion in revenue in the US, according to the latest statistics …

Nicholas Sparks, US Bestsellers Help Novo Conceito Race to the Front of Brazilian Publishing

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

Former motorcycle racer Fernando Baracchini only started publishing trade books in 2007, but his publishing house dominates Brazil’s bestseller lists with an array of translated imports. By Maria Fernanda Rodrigues At first, Fernando Baracchini didn’t seem destined for a career in publishing. Though he grew up as scion to the Ribeirão Preto-based book chain Paraler, instead of helping his mother …

Book Review: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto (Japan)

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson The Lake, the latest novel by well-known Japanese novelist Banana Yoshimoto, is an enigmatic love story told from the first-person perspective of Chihiro, a muralist and “going on thirty” daughter of unmarried parents. Chihiro’s unconventional childhood and the recent death of her mother contribute to her sense of isolation and unrest, and she spends hours staring out …

#BEA11: Books on Display the Amazon Publishing Booth

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Amazon has made even more waves than usual in the last few days with the announcement that the venerable Larry Kirschbaum will be in charge of Amazon’s publishing imprints. The Amazon Publishing booth on the show floor attracted plenty of visitors who wanted an advance look at what books the online retail giant would be rolling out …

UK’s “Fiction Uncovered” Promo Aims to Make Underappreciated Writers Famous

In What's the Buzz by Guest Contributor

By Sophie Rochester It’s been quite a year for the publishing industry — an industry still straddling the realms of both print and digital. This could not have been more highlighted through the course of building up to Fiction Uncovered, the major new promotion to support the UK’s best fiction writers, which announces its inaugural selection of eight titles today. The …

Book Review: Open City by Teju Cole (Nigeria)

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson From the very first paragraph, Teju Cole’s debut novel announces itself as the tale of a wanderer: “And so when I began to go on evening walks last fall, I found Morningside Heights an easy place from which to set out into the city … These walks, a counterpoint to my busy days at the hospital, steadily …

BOOK REVIEW: Solo by Rana Dasgupta (UK/Bulgaria)

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson Solo by Rana Dasgupta is a diptych of a novel composed of two related but independent halves. In the first half, a blind, 100-year-old Bulgarian man named Ulrich reminiscences about his life from the vantage point of his squalid apartment overlooking a train station in Sofia, the Bulgarian town in which Ulrich spent the vast majority of …