Publishing Scotland Funds 14 Translations; Frankfurt’s LitAg Sells Out

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The new Festhalle site of Frankfurt’s Literary Agents and Scouts Center seems to be a hit. And Publishing Scotland names its latest round of publishers receiving translation grants.

Dutch author Michel Faber’s ‘The Book of Strange New Things’– published in 2015 by Jamie Bing’s Canongate in Edinburgh – is one of the books that Publishing Scotland’s translation grants have supported. It’s published in Germany by Kein & Aber in a translation by Malte Krutzsch

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As Publishing Perspectives readers will remember, the last round of applications for  Publishing Scotland‘s translation fund 2019-2020 cycle were announced in the autumn.

Today (February 18), the organization has announced that 14 publishers are receiving newly designated funding toward the translation of Scottish writers and books.

The fund, in operation for five years, just completed the second of its two funding rounds in fiscal 2019.

This time, countries and/or languages into which Scottish work is being translated include Germany, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Georgia, and Greece.

The fund is administered by Publishing Scotland, the trade body for the industry, and supported by Creative Scotland.

The panel of jurors selecting the publishers to receive translation funding looks for contemporary authors, a strong backlist and publisher experience, a good marketing plan, an acceptable budget, “and of course a passion for the title and author chosen.”

This round has seen more than £15,000 (US$19,498) awarded to support translation work and help with the program’s stated goal of making Scottish writing and publishing more accessible and successful overseas.

2019-2020 2nd Round Publishing Scotland Grants

As provided to us by Edinburgh this time, our listing gives you (a) the international house that holds the rights to publish a translation, (b) the title of the work, (c) the author of that work:

  • Argument Verlag mit Ariadne, Hamburg will translate Gods & Beasts, Denise Mina
  • Bokförlaget Atlas, Stockholm will translate Spring, Ali Smith
  • Dybbuk Publishing house, Prague will translate Confessions of a Bookseller, Shaun Bythell
  • Ediciones Godot + Feria de Editores, Argentina will translate Incandescent, Sarah Levin
  • Editora Morro Branco, Brazil will translate The Player of Games, Iain Banks
  • Edizioni Ensemble, Rome will translate Quines, Gerda Stevenson
  • Edizioni SUR, Rome will translate Spring, Ali Smith
  • LLC Vydavnytstvo, Ukraine will translate Mayhem & Death, Helen Mclory
  • New Human, Turkey will translate Barnhill, Norman Bissell
  • Singel Uitgeverijen, Amsterdam will translate Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell
  • Sulakauri Publishing, Georgia will translate Autumn, Ali Smith
  • Vakxikon Media & Publishing Group, Athens will put together a bi-lingual Anthology of young Scottish poets

Details for the first of two rounds of translation grant applications for the 2002-2021 fiscal year are to be announced in the summer.


Frankfurter Buchmesse Announces 2020 LitAg Sellout

Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Literary Agents and Scouts Center, the LitAg, in its new Festhalle location in October 2019. Image: imb: troschke

In what organizers say is the earliest sellout of the Literary Agents and Scouts Center—referred to as the LitAg—a complete sellout has been announced for this year’s trade show (October 14 to 18).

Riky Stock, vice president of Frankfurt Book Fair New York office and manager of the LitAg, says that last year’s rights-trading center sold out in March with 528 tables booked by 358 agencies.

The prompt for the move of the LitAg was the onset of renovations to parts of Frankfurt’s huge Messe. For years set in Hall 6.3, the rights center was moved in October for the first time to the domed expanse of the Festhalle. Initially, some agents expressed trepidation about how well the new arrangement would function, but it appears now that the roominess and light were particularly welcome in the soaring new venue.

The trade show architecture and management firm, imb: troschke, based in Mörfelden-Walldorf, wrote up the concept of the new space, describing the spot as lying “away from the hustle and bustle of the trade fair,” making it possible to “concentrate entirely on trading rights and licenses” in quieter conversations than in the past.


More from Publishing Perspectives on Scotland is here, more from us on rights is here, and more on translation is here

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for trade and indie authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald.

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