MacBook Sleeves & Handbags That Look Like Books

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Got a MacBook — like old books? You might be interested in this new BookBook MacBook cases that resemble, you got it, old books. Plus, and it’s too bad I didn’t see this before Valentines day, Paris designer Olympia Le-Tan has taken the covers of classic novels as the inspiration for her limited-edition clutches. Le-Tan says she …

Building the World’s Biggest Book Club

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Kathy L. Patrick JEFFERSON, TEXAS: They say everything is bigger in Texas…and it’s true. When I opened Beauty and the Book in January 2000 — the ONLY hair salon/book store in the world — in January 2000, one of the first things I did was start my book club, The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas. We started with six complete strangers …

Video from the Paris Cookbook Fair

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

by Hannah Johnson As both an exhibitor and a reporter for Publishing Perspectives, Olivia Snaije explored the first-ever Paris Cookbook Fair this year. You can read her blog post about the fair, or watch the video: httpv://

Cookbook Trade Fair Pleases the Palate

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: The first edition of the Paris Cookbook Festival wrapped up on Monday with most participants judging the specialized trade fair a delicious success, barring minor complaints about lack of signage and poor heating. While for some smaller French publishers with books aimed specifically at the French market, it was less of a positive experience, the larger …

Gourmand Awards at Paris Cookbook Fair

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS (FEBRUARY 11): The first Paris Cookbook Festival kicked off tonight on Paul Bocuse’s birthday. It was sleeting in Paris but the auditorium for the Gourmand Cookbook Awards was packed with invitation-only authors, publishers and people from the trade coming from countries as far as Australia, Cambodia and Argentina. Three women won honors for their lifetime careers …

Chew on This: Paris Inaugurates a Book Fair for Foodies

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: It makes perfect sense that the first international cookbook trade fair will be held in Paris — a city that, to many, remains the culinary capitol of the world. The Paris Cookbook Fair runs this week, from February 12-15, and its founder, Edouard Cointreau, hopes to unite the cosmopolitan network of food lovers and professionals he …

Google to Scan Lyon’s Library

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The city of Lyon’s library has signed an agreement with Google, allowing the search giant to scan around 500,000 titles in its collection over the next 10 years. According to a CNN report, Google will scan the documents free of charge and, in exchange, will have the right to use them commercially for the next 25 years. …

Paris Celebrates North African Authors

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The 16th edition of Maghreb des Livres, a book festival celebrating authors from North Africa or relating to the region, is being held this weekend auspiciously at the three-year old Museum of the History of Immigration in Paris.  Algeria is the country of honor this year and literary cafés will be held to discuss authors such as …

What are the Biggest Obstacles to Translation?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s editorial Vanina Marsot writes about discovering that her novel about a translator is itself untranslatable — particularly into the very language it is about, French. Translation is tricky, particularly with books that are written in a distinct dialect. I’ve been told one of the joys of reading Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano novels is the Sicilian …

Round Two of French Literary Plagiarism Clash

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats Ding! Ding! Round two of the fiery plagiarism battle between French authors Camille Laurens and Marie Darrieussecq is taking place this month, as each author publishes a book in reaction to the dispute… Two years ago, the French literary world was captivated when Laurens accused Darrieussecq of “psychological plagiarism” in her novel Tom est mort (Tom is Dead). …