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 …

Hot Eye Pop: Surveying the Good and Bad in Book Trailers

In English Language, Resources by Guest Contributor

*+-The best — and most innovative — book trailers can attract thousands or even millions of viewers. We talk to several experts about what works and why. By Kathleen Sweeney When the term “book trailer” first buzzed out of Los Angeles in 2002, expectations ran high for video promos to become mandatory launch elements. Nine years later, multimedia roll-outs remain ad hoc …

WIN Three Novellas from Melville House – the German Book Office’s Book(s) of the Month!

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

*+-All books have now been given away. Thank you to everyone who entered! For August, the German Book Office is featuring three novellas from Melville House, all translated from the German. All three are part of Melville House’s ‘Art of the Novella’ line. A German classic, Michael Kohlhaas tells the story of a sixteenth-century man who suffers injustice and takes …

Melville House on How to Market Foreign Fiction by a Dead Author

In What's the Buzz by Chip Rossetti

*+-By Chip Rossetti I want to thank Ed for letting me take a turn guest-editing Publishing Perspectives while he takes a well-deserved break — even if, in Ed’s case, it’s a working vacation. It’s been amazing to witness the growth of Publishing Perspectives in the last year-and-a-half: it’s hard to believe it was only at BEA 2009 that Ed first …

Introducing the Mobys: Book Trailer Awards

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

*+-By Edward Nawotka There was a time when “book trailers” were, by and large, ad hoc and amateurish. Today, they are often slick little professional piece of film making. Whether or not they have any real impact on book sales is anyone’s guess, but it’s worth noting that they have become an art form in and of themselves. To wit: …

Frogs in a Well: Literary Life in North Korea

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

*+-By Edward Nawotka North Korea is without a doubt among the most mysterious of countries, which begs the question: What kind of literary life is there in North Korea? The answer — according to two new books about the country, Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick (Spiegel & Grau) and The Cleanest Race by B.R. Myers (Melville House) — is nothing …