Industry Notes: Another UK Publisher Targets the North American Market; CCC Plans a Webinar

In News by Porter Anderson

The latest transatlantic crossing: London’s Fitzcarraldo Editions heads for the busy Americas, and Copyright Clearance Center runs the industry numbers in a webinar.

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

‘Expanding Formal Possibilities’

Close on the heels of the news that the UK’s School of Life Press is launching US and Canadian operations, the London independent house Fitzcarraldo Editions is setting sail on a similar move.

Established in 2014, Fitzcarraldo has 30 titles out, half of them in translation from French, German, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Danish and Norwegian.

The company will have North American distribution by Ingram’s Consortium, not only for fiction and essays in English and translation but also for The White Review, a quarterly magazine of literature and the arts.

In a communication from Fitzarraldo publisher Jacques Testard, we’re told that the focus of the house’s work is “contemporary fiction and long-form essays—we publish books that explore and expand formal possibilities, that are innovative and imaginative in style, that tackle subjects and themes that are relevant to the world we live in.”

As for that reference to style, the press follows a pattern for its physical presentation of its titles: fiction covers are blue with white lettering, essays are white with blue lettering.

Among Fitzcarraldo’s output:

  • Second-Hand Time by 2015 Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich,  translated by Bela Shayevich
  • Compass by Mathias Enard, translated by Charlotte Mandell—the book won the 2015 Prix Goncourt and was shortlisted in Fitzcarraldo’s translation for last year’s Man Booker International Prize
  • Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett has been our best-selling fiction title since launching
  • The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner
  • Essayism by Brian Dillon

The company’s distribution in the Newer World begins in April.


Webinar on International Market Numbers

Copyright Clearance Center has scheduled a webinar with Vienna-based consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart on global publishing trends in 2018.

Registration is required here but the session is free of charge and is scheduled for February 1 at 10:30 a.m. ET (15:30 GMT).

Wischenbart, of course, is known not only for his annual Global Ebook Report but, as we’ve reported here at Publishing Perspectives, his setting up of a nonprofit last autumn called BookMap.

Wischenbart, according to CCC, will be sharing new data and insights “on potential for new formats beyond the ebook,” which likely means audiobooks.

About the Author

Porter Anderson

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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.