The Russians Have Landed

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

russian collective stand

By Edward Nawotka

For the first time in many years the Russian Federation has taken a collective stand at BookExpo America. “The goal,” said Vladimir V. Grigoriev, deputy head of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication, “is to re-introduce American readers to the rich literary culture of Russia. They tend to think of our 19th century writers, but not our contemporary writers and publishers.”

Currently, says Grigoriev, there are some 5,700 publishers in Russia producing more than 120,000 books a year, placing Russia alongside the US, UK and China as one of the world’s largest publishing industries. Yet, despite this prodigious output, just a handful of Russian writers are published in the US each year.

And readers of this newsletter are invited to a reception at the Russian Collective Stand (booth 2315) at 4:30pm today.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.