From the Daily Nation: While publishers in Kenya enjoy seeing their titles win prizes like the Jomo Kenyatta Prize, some may not adequately capitalize on those wins with marketing.
Two of the Season’s Top Translators: On Russian Gangsters and a ‘Convincing Voice’
From Book Riot: The joy of stories ‘very unlikely to resemble anything that could be written in English.’ Two ace translators trade thoughts.
The Art of Books: An Exhibition of Shobunsha’s Star Cover Designer Kouga Hirano
From the Japan Times: The Kyoto DDD Gallery’s exhibition of Kouga Hirano’s 30-year body of work includes his book cover designs for travel publisher, Shobunsha.
Zimbabwe’s AmaBooks: Specializing in Fiction Against the Tide
Selling rights not only to other African publishers but also ‘in Europe, in North America and recently to the Arab world,’ AmaBooks presses on in Zimbabwe.
Australia’s Miles Franklin Award Goes to Josephine Wilson
Having named a shortlist in June, the Miles Franklin prize goes to Perth’s Josephine Wilson, who publishes with University of Western Australia Publishing.
Vietnamese Titles Reaching New Audiences from New Zealand to Russia
From VietnamNet: Vietnamese titles are seeing modest gains in rights sales abroad, from Russia and New Zealand to other countries in Southeast Asia.
European Bank Opens a New Prize Program for Literature in Translation
EBRD’s new award will draw from a wide pool of original languages for work translated into English. Submission is made by UK publishers.
Neustadt Prize Finalists Named as ‘Diverse Voices’ in ‘Important Literature’
‘Important literature knows no borders,’ says the Neustadt International Prize’s sponsor. Its finalists are from France, India, Pakistan, Russia, and USA.
Women Translators on Women in Translation: ‘Translations Are Already a Hard Sell’
From Words Without Borders: ‘Put in the time to seek out great books by women and underrepresented writers,’ one of a quartet of women translators says.
‘Bloody Scotland’s Five-Author Shortlist Announced for the MacIlvanney Prize
Ahead of the annual Bloody Scotland festival in September, the William McIlvanney Prize shortlist for Scottish crime fiction has been announced.