*+-Writing for The Guardian last month, Simon Tisdall described the scene at the Tehran International Book Fair, where female skin on book covers is frowned upon.
*+-The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance may allow publication of a Persian edition of Mahmud Dowlatabadi’s banned novel, The Colonel.
*+-Under the Iran’s new government, the publishing industry promises to be more open and has produced its first ever Persian translation catalog.
*+-How Zahra’s Paradise, a graphic novel about a protester who goes missing during the Iranian demonstrations of 2009, turned into a surprise global bestseller.
*+-Pamphleteering, propaganda and agit-prop have long been a part of the publishing process. It’s here to stay. But how far should publishers go in their activism?
*+-The number bookstores in Tehran rose from 858 to 895 in 2010, according to the Iran Book News Agency. Overall, 198 new bookstores opened in Iran last year.
*+-Digital media makes it easier for people to circumvent censorship, but are the corporations that control access to the internet willing to play along?
*+-Authors exiled from Iran, Cuba, Afghanistan, Egypt, Algeria and the Congo discuss oppression, inspiration, and the cost of freedom.
*+-By Erin L. Cox VIENNA–Last night, Houshang Asadi, Iranian journalist and author of the critcally-acclaimed memoir, Letters to My Torturer, was awarded the 2011 International Human Rights Award in a ceremony in Vienna’s Town Hall. The international award, part of an annual Book Gala Night on which Austria celebrates and honors the most acclaimed and popular books of the year, was created by the …
*+-By Siobhan O’Leary The Börsenverein (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) and VG Wort held a press conference yesterday in Frankfurt to discuss the implications of the postponement of a Google Settlement “fairness hearing” originally scheduled for October. The Boersenblatt reports that Alexander Skipis, chief executive of the Boersenverein, was delighted about the rejection of the Settlement in its current state …
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