Book Review: Rose Tremain’s Trespass

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson Beginning with the very first chapter, in which a young girl makes a shocking discovery in a creek while on a school field trip, Trespass overflows with foreboding and suspense.  The novel progresses in two alternating  story lines.  In one, an alcoholic man living in the Cévennes region of southern France is seduced by the money he …

Paris’ Seine-side Bookselling bouquinistes Tout Trinkets, but City Hall Cries “Non”

In Growth Markets by Olivia Snaije

• Paris’ Seine-side booksellers — known as bouqinistes — have existed in the city for 300 years and are a must see tourist attraction for book lovers. • Lately, the bouqinistes have started selling souvenir trinkets to augment lackluster booksales — a move that has prompted a crack down by city hall. By Olivia Snaije PARIS: Paris’ antique booksellers, or bouquinistes, …

New Study Finds Dramatic Difference Between Author Rights in Germany, Spain, France and UK

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The book and writing “observatory,” le MOTif, funded by the Paris regional government, is becoming increasingly visible in France’s book world. Le MOTif has just released a study on author rights in Europe, the result of a year-long research project about the legislatures, economic and legal aspects of the industry and more than 50 interviews with publishers, …

What is Your Favorite English-language Bookshop Abroad?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes a visit to Paris’ venerable Librairie Galignani, which lays claim to being the oldest English language bookstore on the European continent. Opinions and preferences vary as to what is “the best” English-language bookstore abroad — and by abroad, I mean in a non-native English-speaking country. The frontrunner for many is Paris’ Shakespeare & …

Old World, High Style: A Visit to Paris’ Librairie Galignani, Est. 1801, Publishers Since 1520

In Growth Markets by Rachel Aydt

• Paris’ venerable Librairie Galignani lays claim to being the oldest English language bookstore on the European continent. • Despite its age — the store was founded in 1801, but the publishers of the same name date back to 1520 — it has weathered the years well and continues be an important part of Paris’ vibrant literary community. By Rachel Aydt …

A Visit to Paris’s Famous Graves and Tea and Tattered Pages

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

Rachel Aydt PARIS: On a bright and sunny Wednesday, we set out to see the catacombs– I should have guessed we wouldn’t be the only tourists heading over to Montparnasse for a glimpse of the deep macabre; problem was, we weren’t exactly expecting the line to literally reach around the block and number into the several hundreds. We had grinned and …

Some European Publishers Embrace iPad, But Adoption Still Slow

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Apple may have announced that more than 3 million iPads have been sold worldwide since the US launch in April, but just a few weeks after the international launch of the iPad, it appears that many publishers in Europe are still choosing to exercise caution when it comes to the iBookstore. According to Apple spokesman Adam Howorth, …

LeMOTif Reports on the Status of French Lit Agents

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: The presence of literary agents in France continues to be a hot topic, hot enough so that the regionally-funded French book “observatory”, Le MOTif, has just released an in-depth study entitled “The Literary Agent in France: realities and perspectives”. It follows the publication of numerous articles in the press and a 6-page summary on literary agents …

Why French E-books Don’t Deserve Lower VAT

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the latest issue of ESPRIT magazine, Pascal Fouche, bibliographer and editor of the three-volume Dictionnaire encyclopedique du livre, discusses the changing definition of the book in the age of digitization, largely in favor of the argument that a lower rate of V.A.T. — 5.5.% in France — not be extended to e-books: “A book is an …

Can Book Talk Shows Succeed as Infotainment?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats As discussed in today’s lead article about French literary talk shows, the quality there is high but is anybody watching? Could more be done to turn literary talk shows into infotainment or “destination programs” (“the kind you look forward to or at least Tivo”) for the mass market, without spoiling the potential for meaningful literary discussion? Or will …