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Hugo Chávez’s Color Coded “Revolutionary Reading Plan”

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams No friend to publishing (see our earlier coverage here) Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has nevertheless started to implement his four-part color coded “Revolutionary Reading Plan.” Announced in May, the goal of the project as stated by the Venezuelan government, is “the democratization of books and reading, with a new conception of reading as a collective act under …

Bonus Material: One Bright Spot in Venezuelan Publishing

In Discussion by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The ideologically tinged reading initiatives announced by Chávez’s administration in Venezuela have caused alarm and economic hardship among many of the country’s publishers and booksellers, but there is one program — run with government support though not under its full control — that has won praise inside and outside Venezuela. Biblioteca Ayacucho is a 35-year-old publishing foundation …

Global Trade Talk: Russia Over-Publishes, 1M Cool-er Sales, Brazil Book Fair Begins

In Global Trade Talk, News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Publishing Trends reports that the Russian publishers are struggling, not only because of the economy, but also from the effects of over-publishing. Coping with bookstore returns and warehousing the unsold inventory, distributors are having trouble paying publishers, which financially impacts agents and authors as well. The growth of foreign investments in Russia’s publishing sector could mean a …

Bonus Material: El Perro y la Rana, The Venezuelan Government’s Literary Voice

In Discussion by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams El Perro y la Rana is the heavyweight champion among the national publishers and booksellers the Venezuelan government has set up with funding from the Cuban government. Established as an “editorial foundation,” it administers an ambitious and growing network of 57 bookstores as well as the National System of Regional Presses, spread across Venezuela’s 24 states. The publishing …

Clarice Lispector’s Biographer on the Thrill of the Hunt

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Benjamin Moser UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS — Nobody’s ugly at two a.m., so the t-shirt slogan goes. One evening a few years ago, I was sitting in my Dutch garden, talking to some friends about Clarice Lispector, the Jewish-Brazilian mystic writer. Having recently left the security of my publishing job in order to devote myself full-time to writing, I’d been …

Bonus Material: Don’t You Wish Your Book Fest Was Hot Like Me

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Where would you rather hear authors read: In a fluorescent-lit lecture hall in some damp college town or on the beach in Brazil? Known colloquially as FLIP, the Festa Literaria Internacional de Parati has been taking place since 2003 in the colonial seaside town of Paraty – a place so beautiful it is in the running to …