Turkey’s ITEF Calls for Fellows; Europa Sells Ferrante Audio Rights to PRH

In News by Porter Anderson

Industry Notes: Ten years into its program, the ITEF fellowships have seen almost 150 publishing pros visit Istanbul to meet with Turkish publishers. And Elena Ferrante’s new title goes to PRH Audio.

ITEF fellows at Doğan Egmont’s headquarters in Istanbul’s Şişli district. Image: Kalem Agency

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

Deadline for Applications: March 31
Another international publishing event trying to buck the coronavirus emergency—as Publishing Scotland appears to be doing—is the Istanbul International Literature Festival program produced by literary agent Nermin Mollaoğlu and the Kalem Agency has opened its call for applications to its 2020 fellowship program.

Turkey’s festival—themed this year on the hopeful phrase “sunflower literature”—is currently scheduled to run June 15 to 21, and is expected to feature speakers and authors including Mircea Cartarescu, Alejandro Zambra, Cevat Karahasan, Asli Perker, Burhan Sönmez, Duygu Akin, Azra Kohen, Ebru Aygün Kohen, Defne Suman, Elif Doğan, Luke Frostick, and Nazlı Berivan Ak.

“ITEF, the Istanbul International Literature Festival, aims to increase the visibility of Turkish literature abroad,” Mollaoğlu says, “to promote Turkish literature worldwide and to enrich the literary scene in Turkey by extending horizons and creating new dialogues.

“With these aims in mind, the festival established the ITEF Fellowship Program in 2011.”

The program has become one of the better known such efforts to move publishing professionals through international markets.

The program consists of a three-day trip in which fellows visit Turkish publishing houses, market presentations, matchmaking events, dinners, and networking opportunities. Covered expenses include airfare and local transport and two meals daily for three days. Fellows cover their own accommodation expenses for four nights, June 14 to 17.

An application form is here. The deadline for the form’s return to Istanbul is March 31.

Nermin Mollaoğlu

In her promotional material for the program, Mollaoğlu writes, “ITEF is a unique meeting point in Istanbul for writers, publishers, agents, translators, journalists, literary fund managers, festival coordinators and all of those passionate about world literature.

“The fellowship program allows a limited number of literary professionals from around the world to meet with Turkish counterparts in their field, to share best practice and ideas and spark new projects and literary exchanges.”

Having begun in 2011 with just five fellows, and in some years the group has been as large as 21. Close to 150 fellows have made the trip over the years.

Last year’s fellows, as we announced, were:

  • Amanda Qassar / Warwick’s, La Jolla / USA
  • Andrea Montejo / Indent Literary Agency, USA
  • Arpad Kollar / Hungarian Literary Authors’ Collecting Society / Hungary
  • Ben Brock / Quercus (Hachette) / UK
  • Ilaria Tarasconi / Bonnier Zaffre UK / UK
  • Ioana Mogosanu / Corint Publishing / Romania
  • Juliet Mabey / Oneworld Publications / UK
  • Luara Franca / Companhia das Letras / Brazil
  • Natasha Glimore / Idlewild Books / USA
  • Rebekah Rine / Watermark Books & Café / USA
  • Vesna Gazdic / Translator / Serbia
  • Vicki Satlow / Vicki Satlow Literary Agency / Italy
  • Vito Francesco D’Onghia / Ampi Margini Literary Agency / UK

For questions about the program, use the address fellowship@itef.com.tr

Former ITEF fellows at YKY – Yapı Kredi Publications – in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district. Image: Kalem Agency

Europa’s Michael Reynolds Brokers Ferrante Audio Deal

Europa Editions has sold world English audio rights for Elena Ferrante’s  The Lying Life of Adults to Penguin Random House Audio, with the audiobook to be released with the hardcover and ebook editions on June 9.

The deal was brokered by Michael Reynolds at Europa on behalf of the author and rights were acquired by Catherine Bucaria and Jennifer Donovan of PRH.

When it was released in Italy on November 7, it debuted at No. 1 in bestseller categories of both Italian fiction and overall books. Europa says it remains in the Top 10.

The new title follows the pseudonymous Ferrante’s Neopolitan quartet and is set in Naples. It’s described by the publisher in promotional copy as “the story of Giovanna, whose adolescent crisis sends her in search of an identity she can trust, a search that shows her the two sides of her home city: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity.”

In media messaging today (March 13), Reynolds is quoted, saying, “We fielded interest from many exceptional audiobook publishers whose enthusiasm for The Lying Life of Adults was evident in their offer and compelling marketing plans. I’m very grateful to those editors for their interest in working with us on this project.

“Penguin Random House’s position in the audiobook market, their willingness to collaborate closely with us to integrate audiobook marketing with our existing marketing plans for the digital and physical editions of Ferrante’s new novel, and the level of enthusiasm that everybody from editorial to production to sales showed for this novel made them the perfect partner for us to launch what promises to be one of the biggest literary releases of the year.”

More from Publishing Perspectives on the Turkish market is here, more from us on translation is here, and more of our Industry Notes series is here.

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Porter Anderson 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 (Fellow, 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.