Mozambique, South Korea, Canada: PublisHer Names Board Members

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PublisHer has announced that Lisa Lyons Johnston, Sandra Tamele, and Beatrice Yong-in Lin have joined its board with the new year.

On the new PublisHer stand inaugurated in 2023 at Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson

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Al Qasimi: ‘Extensive Entrepreneurial Experience’
Our Publishing Perspectives readers are familiar with all three of the new board members announced on December 18—during our winter break—by the PublisHer network of professional women in publishing.

Having inaugurated its new stand at  Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March, the program—founded in 2019 by the United Arab Emirates’ Bodour Al Qasimi—the program opens 2024 with Lisa Lyons Johnston, Sandra Tamele, and Beatrice Yong-in Lin named new members of the nonprofit’s board. They succeed Emma House, Latoya West Blackwood, and Arpita Das, whose terms have concluded.

Bodour Al Qasimi

In naming Johnston, Tamele, and Lin, Al Qasimi says, “Lisa, Sandra, and Beatrice are outstanding senior publishers whose diverse profiles will add huge value to our collective thinking and outlook.

“Their extensive entrepreneurial experience gained on three continents will be a great advantage as we set the strategic direction and respond to emerging challenges in the international industry.”

Going on with their own already active terms are:

Lisa Lyons Johnston

Publishing Perspectives readers know Lisa Lyons Johnston as the former chief of Corus Entertainment‘s Kids Can Press in Toronto.

A supporter of the PublisHer stand’s inaugural appearance at Bologna, she made a point during her 15 years with Kids Can Press of developing children’s content for animated film, leveraging the subsidiary relationship that Kids Can Press has with the production company Nelvana, both the children’s publisher and the filmmaker being parented by Corus.

Sandra Tamele

Sandra Tamele of Maputo opened a literary translation competition in 2015, and that led to her creation of Editora Trinta Zero, her publishing program in Mozambique. She points out to Publishing Perspectives that she is “a proud daughter of the Mozambican Public School System.”

A translator as well as the first president of the Mozambican Publishers and Booksellers Association, Tamele joined Publishing Perspectives onstage in May at the Thessaloniki International Book Fair produced by Nopi Chatzigeorgiou. Her publishing work won the African division of the annual Bologna Children’s Publisher of the Year awards program.

Beatrice Yong-in Lin

Beatrice Yong-in Lin‘s Seoul-based consultancy Co.Mint—at which she’s the co-founding managing director—opened a new service for South Korean books and trends, the purpose of which is to service as both a digital distribution center and a rights transaction facilitation platform.

Previously, she was with Storytel in its audio publishing work for the Korean market, and was involved in the 2016 and 2017 roll out of the Harry Potter series in Korean.

A programming note: Nominations for the new PublisHer award program are expected to close on January 15. A nomination form is here. Categories are in emerging leaders, innovation, and lifetime achievement. A shortlist is to be announced in March with winners named in April.

More on PublisHer overall is at its site, here.


More from Publishing Perspectives on the PublisHer program is here, more on women in publishing is here, and more on the myriad international book and publishing awards is here.

Now available here for your free download, our 2023 Publishing Perspectives Frankfurt Book Fair magazine

Our 75th Frankfurt coverage from our Frankfurt Book Fair Magazine includes a story on Beatrice Yong-in Lin’s development of ‘WhaleMatch’ as well as more news from the most recent Frankfurter Buchmesse, and that magazine is available for your free download.

The magazine has interviews with fellows and grant-program recipients from international publishing markets, as well as previews of programming from our Publishing Perspectives Forum at Frankfurt including our Executive Talks with Penguin Random House worldwide CEO Nihar Malaviya and Nanmeebooks’ Kim Chongsatitwana; highlights of key events at the 75th Frankfurter Buchmesse; and coverage of Frankfurt’s upcoming guest of honor programs (Italy, the Philippines, the Czech Republic) and this year’s Guest of Honor Slovenia.

There’s also news of literary agents and agencies; award-winning books from guest of honor markets; focus articles on artificial intelligence, sustainability; and a forthcoming effort to get more Korean literature into world markets; as well as 75th-anniversary “Frankfurt Moments.”

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Porter Anderson

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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.

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