By Emily Williams
New Spanish Books, a project backed by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) and the Spanish Publishers Association (FGEE), has announced a call for new titles to be included in their fall selection of featured titles for translation. A more established version of the German site launched in March, the idea of the UK site is to offer consumer- and trade-friendly news of Spanish books coming out in English, interviews with Hispanophile editors and booksellers, and articles on the past and present of Spanish literature.
As Spanish industry blog Ediciona reports that the main goal of the project is to encourage more translations of Spanish books, and to this end the site has compiled a searchable database of over 1,000 new books from more than 300 agencies and publishers. The site also convened a panel of industry pros to choose the most promising books for the UK market (a separate panel will do the same for the German market). Publishers and agencies must submit no more than three titles for consideration, a ritual that will be repeated twice a year in time for the international book fairs. This fall’s selection will be released in time for the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair, where Argentina is to be the guest of honor.