Rights Snapshot: Mexican Author Sells Into Seven Territories

In News by Porter Anderson

With the judges referring to his ability to both entertain and move readers, Mexico’s Antonio Ortuño wins a major bi-annual award, his new work due out late next month.

Antonio Ortuño. Image: The Do Ribera del Duero

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Winner, 2017 Ribera del Duero
Mexican author Antonio Ortuño has won the 2017 Ribera del Duero Prize in a field that began with more than 850 entries from 36 countries.

The prize, for the six stories that form his La vaga ambición, is to be published at the end of May and is awarded to a Spanish-language author every other year, carries a purse of €50,000 (US$54,376) and includes among former winners Samantha Schweblin, Guadalupe Nettel, Marcos Giralt Torrente and Javier Sáez de Ibarra.

Berlin-based Michael Gaeb Literary’s Andrea Vogel tells us that rights to Ortuño’s books have been sold into:

  • Croatia: Fraktura
  • France: Bourgois
  • Germany: Kunstmann
  • Italy: Neri Pozza, SUR
  • Mexico: Penguin Random House, Hotel de las letras/Oceano, Tusquets
  • Romania: IBU
  • Spain: Páginas de Espuma

His titles published to date are:

  • Ars Cadáver (2006)
  • El buscador de cabezas (2006)
  • El jardín japonés (2006)
  • Recursos humanos (2007)
  • La Señora Roja (2010)
  • Ánima (2011)
  • La fila india (2013)
  • Méjico (2015)
  • Agua Corriente (2016)
  • La vaga ambición (2017

Ortuño is a journalist as well as novelist and previously has been named “Writer of the Year” in 2011 by GQ as well as being included in the Mexican Anthology20 sponsored by the British Council, the Hay Festival, and the Mexican secretariat of culture.

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.