Amazon.com to Underwrite Best Translated Book Awards

In What's the Buzz by Chad W. Post

PRESS RELEASE from Open Letter Books: October 20, 2010: Amazon.com has awarded the University of Rochester/Three Percent website a $25,000 grant in support of the 2011 Best Translated Book Awards. This grant will support $5,000 cash prizes for both the winning translators and authors. Launched by Three Percent (http://www.rochester.edu/threepercent) in 2007, the Best Translated Book Awards aim to bring attention …

IPAF Mentors Young Arabic Writers, Produces Anthology

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Fiction writing in Arabic has suffered from neglect in international circles, with most of the attention going to poets or political manifestos. But things are starting to change and Western-style workshops are popping up around the Middle East. Over the next nine days, seven promising young Arabic writers will be taking part in a unique writers workshop …

Let’s Talk About the Art of Translation

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox For the last three weeks on The Paris Review daily, author and translator Lydia Davis has been sharing her experiences about her translation of Madame Bovary, which was released on September 23rd.  In her blog posts, she talks about the art of translation and her process of creating another version of a much-translated book already. This week, some …

German Edition of Franzen’s Freedom Suffers from Dual Translators

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The massive 736-page tome that is the German edition of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, has just been released in Germany to overwhelmingly positive reviews and is already quickly racing up the list of Amazon.de’s top-selling titles. However, in a round-up of industry news, Buchreport sums up the Süddeutsche Zeitung‘s coverage of the release with a question about whether the …

Open Letter, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, and Bulgarian Literature

In Global Trade Talk by Chad W. Post

By Chad Post Admittedly, this is a bit self-promotional, but I do think it’s an interesting news story of how one particular foundation is helping to promote a particular country’s literature. As announced in this press release, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation is partnering with Open Letter Books to launch two contests to benefit contemporary Bulgarian authors and translators. The first …

Chad Post on Amazon’s Grant Program

In What's the Buzz by Chad W. Post

By Chad Post, Guest Editor First off, I want to thank Ed Nawotka for allowing me to guest edit Publishing Perspectives this week. This is a real honor, and it’s great that he did the most of the work for which I’ll hopefully get a lot of the credit. (Although the “e-books in Argentina” piece appearing tomorrow is totally my …

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 …

Bakkers “The Twin” Wins €100,000 IMPAC Prize

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Twin by Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker has won the 2010 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. The prize is touted as being among the richest book prizes in the world, with €100,000 awarded to the winning author. In this case, since the book was translated, Bakker receives €75,000 and the translator, David Colmer, wins €25,000. The Twin …