Watch our video interview with literary agent Nermin Mollaoğlu at the Beijing Book Fair:
Nermin Mollaoğlu, literary agent and founder of Kalem Literary Agency in Turkey, attended the Beijing Book Fair (August 31-September 4) for the first time this year in order to explore the Chinese book market and get to know the publishers there.
She said, “[Chinese] publishers are so interested to learn about voices from different parts of the world.” Mollaoğlu said that the publishers she met with were most interested in classic literature — from Mollaoğlu’s list, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, one of modern Turkey’s most important authors, garnered the most attention. Typically, advances for foreign literature are around 2,000 Euros.
Take a look at a few of our photos from the 2011 Beijing Book Fair:
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Thomas Minkus is VP of English Language Markets for the Frankfurt Book Fair. Based in the Book Fair’s New York City office, he spearheads the company’s activities in the fields of digital and mobile publishing, as well as new rights initiatives. In addition, he is responsible for Fair’s exhibitors and customers in all English-languages markets and those from the STM and education sectors. Thomas is also one of the co-founders of Publishing Perspectives. An online publishing newsletter, Publishing Perspectives delivers daily international news and opinion about the industry from top members of the global publishing community. Prior to joining the Fair in 2003, he worked as VP of Sales & Marketing for Learn Technologies, an educational publishing and technology company in New York City.